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  • EDF will present the priorities of the Disability Movement to the UN Committee

    30.03.2015 This Thursday 2 April, the disability movement will be at Geneva to meet the UN Committee and discuss its concerns on how the EU implements the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The EU has ratified the UN Convention in 2010 making it the 1st international human rights treaty that has ever been ratified by a regional organisation. By ratifying the UN Convention, the EU has agreed to take important steps for equal rights and full inclusion of persons with disabilities in all areas of life. Find more about what the UN Convention foresees at the UN website Last...
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  • EDF met the UN Committee & defended its Alternative Report on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the EU

    02.04.2015 Today the disability movement met the UN Committee in Geneva and presented its Alternative Report raising its concerns about how the EU implements the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The EU ratified the UN CRPD in 2010 making it the first international human rights treaty that was ever ratified by a regional organisation. Last year, the EU had to submit a report to the UN Committee to explain what actions it has taken in favor of its 80 million citizens with disabilities. EDF prepared the EDF Alternative Report in order to give the view of citizens with...
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  • EDF & AGE Platform call the European Commission for an Inclusive Digital Single Market Strategy

    22.04.2015 One of the highest priorities of the current European Commission is to boost the European digital economy by making the EU’s single market freedoms “go digital”, releasing new opportunities for citizens and companies in terms of jobs, growth and services. The actions to achieve this goal, a truly Digital Single Market, will be outlined in a strategy that will be revealed in the coming weeks. The European Disability Forum (EDF) and AGE Platform Europe (AGE) support the Commission’s commitment to adopt an ambitious Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy as long as it leaves nobody behind. We...
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  • Commissioner Thyssen commits to support the rights of persons with disabilities

    22.04.2015 On 20 April 2015, EDF and the Belgian Disability Forum (BDF) met Commissioner Marianne Thyssen to discuss the EU's responsibilities towards persons with disabilities. In the beginning of the meeting, BDF President, Pierre Gyselinck, underlined that EDF is representing 80 million citizens with disabilities across Europe; therefore the EU has the responsibility to take actions towards their full inclusion. During the meeting, EDF and BDF stressed the importance of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) by the EU, calling for robust...
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  • Work Forum on the implementation of the UN Convention

    30.04.2015 This year’s Work Forum on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) took place yesterday in Brussels. EDF and its members were there to present the perspective of 80 million persons with disabilities. Speaking at the opening of the Work Forum, EDF Vice President, Donata Vivanti, underlined that people with disabilities are still facing discrimination and social exclusion despite the ratification of the UN CRPD and that the austerity measures that the EU recommends to member states due to the crisis, are in many cases making the situation of...
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  • Digital Single Market Strategy released but accessibility missing

    08.05.2015 EDF welcomes the Digital Single Market (DSM) strategy and the list of actions, but regrets that accessibility to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is not incorporated. Every action of the DSM needs to fully include accessibility so that legislation and initiatives that are going to be delivered in the coming years benefit all Europeans. Fundamental rights in the EU should also be guaranteed in Digital Europe. The European Commission released yesterday the awaited Digital Single Market Strategy, one of its key priorities for the current mandate. The strategy sets out a list of...
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  • Latvian EU Presidency holds ministerial meeting on the implementation of the UN Convention in the EU

    11.05.2015 EDF urges for regular ministerial meetings on the rights of persons with disabilities Today in Riga, the Latvian Presidency of the EU organised a High level Meeting on Disability focusing on inclusive education and inclusive employment of persons with disabilities. During the meeting, a ministerial discussion took place in order to identify accomplishments resulted from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the EU and the challenges ahead. EDF and its members are present in Riga to contribute to the discussion and express the views of persons with...
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  • Parliament discusses with the Disability Movement the implementation of the UN Convention

    14.05.2015 On Tuesday 12 May 2015, the European Parliament organised a public hearing with representatives from the European disability movement and from EU institutions. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the state of play of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPPD) by the EU, the challenges ahead and the remarks formulated by the UN CRPD Committee on the work that the EU has done. The hearing also aimed to collect the views of persons with disabilities and their representative organisation in preparation of next week’s European Parliament...
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  • European Parliament adopts Resolution on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    21.05.2015 Yesterday the European Parliament adopted a resolution in which it expresses its strong support to the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). It was adopted with an overwhelming majority of 7 political parties. The resolution followed a plenary debate of the European Parliament and a public hearing, in which MEPs and representatives from the disability movement and EU institutions discussed the state of play of the implementation of the UN Convention. The resolution states that the European Parliament should be fully involved in the...
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  • EDF supports the new U.S. proposed rule on e-accessibility

    26.05.2015 In February, the U.S. Access Board released for public comment a proposed rule updating accessibility requirements for information and communication technologies (ICT) in the federal sector covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. The rule also would jointly update guidelines for telecommunications equipment subject to Section 255 of the Communications Act. The Board is updating these requirements so that they adequately address accessibility and keep pace with the ever-changing nature of the technologies covered. There is clear evidence that the Section 508 ICT standard,...
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