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  • One step closer to freedom of movement

    02.07.2015 During the event “Towards a barrier-free Europe: European Disability Card” organised by MEP Marek Plura in the European Parliament on 30 June, Commissioner Thyssen announced publicly that the call for tenders for Member States to set up a system for the European Mobility Card will be launched in the summer. EDF is happy to see the EU taking a step closer to the launch of the European Mobility Card. It is a project that we have been campaigning for a long time, together with the European Accessibility Act that the disability movement is still waiting for. WHY IS THE MOBILITY CARD NEEDED? The...
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  • Meanwhile… people in Greece still suffer

    09.07.2015 Once again, EDF calls on EU institutions and the governments in Europe to think of ordinary people in Greece who must still survive with no money, no jobs, no access to credit. People in Greece have suffered enough from the austerity measures. It is necessary to find a sustainable solution that allows Greek people to live with dignity and protects vulnerable groups of citizens such as men, women and young people with disabilities, as well as older people. There are figures that help everyone remember that despite the stated ambitions of the programme of the “Troika” consisting of the...
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  • EU has its first examination at a United Nations Human Rights Treaty Body

    20.08.2015 Next week, EDF and its members will be in Geneva to take part in the examination of the EU by the UN expert committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. This is the first time the EU has ever committed to an international human rights convention. The EU will receive recommendations which will influence its handling of the human rights of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. The constructive dialogue between the UN Committee and the EU takes place on 27-28 August in Geneva and it will be live streamed on www.treatybodywebcast.org. Our delegation in Geneva will include EDF...
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  • UN examined how EU supports the rights of persons with disabilities

    31.08.2015 Last week, EDF and its members were in Geneva and took part in the examination of the EU by the UN Expert Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The UN Committee held a Constructive Dialogue with the EU delegation on the EU’s work on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the first international human rights treaty ever ratified by the EU. On Thursday, 3 September the UN Committee will adopt its recommendations for the EU and set the EU agenda for the next years for the human rights of 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe. EDF was...
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  • EDF calls on the EU to respond in a humane way to the migration crisis

    02.09.2015 Having seen the inhumane way in which refugees and migrants seeking safety in Europe are being treated, EDF wrote an open letter to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker , the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schultz, and the Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship , Dimitris Avramopoulos. In this letter, EDF calls on the EU institutions to establish a comprehensive and human rights-based migration policy. Read the open letter below: The European Disability Forum (EDF) calls on the EU to...
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  • United Nations Human Rights Recommendations to the EU

    07.09.2015 For the 1st time in history, the EU was examined by a UN human rights treaty body and received recommendations to strengthen their approach to the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe On 27 and 28 of August, the European Union was examined for the first time by a UN human rights committee in Geneva- the expert committee on the rights of persons with disabilities. Having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2010, the EU was called to present the work it has done on the implementation of the Convention since then. This is the first international...
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  • #WeApologise for our leaders' inaction: open letter to people fleeing war, persecution and poverty

    08.09.2015 As Europeans, #WeApologise on behalf of our national and European leaders for their inexcusable lack of coordinated humanitarian aid to the situation you and thousands of others are in while crossing our borders to escape war, persecution and poverty. We understand that making this journey was not an easy decision for you and may have involved putting the lives of your loved ones at risk, or worse. We will continue to urge our decision-makers to provide safe and regular channels to the EU, so that your wellbeing does not rest in the hands of people smugglers. Civil society organisations and...
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  • UN promises to leave no one behind

    25.09.2015 Today the UN General Assembly adopts the new International Development Framework known as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. EDF has been campaigning for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in International Cooperation for some years, through our work in the International Disability Alliance (IDA), and in our EU advocacy and together with the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC). The Agenda for Sustainable Development includes 11 explicit references to persons with disabilities under sections on human rights, vulnerable groups, education, employment,...
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  • New bureau for the European Economic and Social Committee

    07.10.2015 The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) had the elections for its Bureau and three representatives of the disability movement were elected in fundamental positions in the Committee. EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, has been elected as one of the Vice Presidents of Group III of the Committee responsible for fundamental rights, human rights, non discrimination, social inclusion and sustainable development, focusing especially on social and economic pillars. EDF Vice-President, Gunta Anca, will be a member of the EESC Bureau for the next two and a half years, while Ask Løvbjerg...
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  • EDF met Commissioner Thyssen on the UN’s Human Rights Recommendations

    29.10.2015 Today, EDF Executive Committee met the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen and engaged in an open and constructive dialogue on the rights of persons with disabilities. The meeting was timely since in August the EU was reviewed for the first time by the UN Committee on the work it has done to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Therefore, the discussion focused on the Concluding Observations that that UN has addressed to the EU and the next steps towards their implementation. The Commissioner...
    EDF Director, Catherine Naughton, EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis and Commissioner Marianne Thyssen
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