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  • The Disability Intergroup discussed its priorities

    26.02.2015 The new, larger, Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup met for the first time at the end of February. In particular, MEPs discussed work priorities for 2015-2016. MEPs cooperated with EDF in setting the priorities below: UN CRPD EU review by the UN Committee; equal access to transport and to goods and services (European Accessibility Act, European disability card); anti-discrimination directive; revision of the European Disability Strategy; revision of the Europe 2020, European Semester and employment issues; Digital Single Market; international cooperation and post-2015...
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  • The Disability Intergroup elected its new Bureau

    15.01.2015 The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament held today its first meeting after its re-establishment. During the meeting, the whole Bureau of the Disability Intergroup was elected, and now consists of 4 co-presidents and 8 vice-presidents. This structure reflects the broad consensus among political Groups in favour of the rights of persons with disabilities. EDF will continue holding the secretariat of the Disability Intergroup and working in close cooperation with it. Co-presidents: Ádám Kósa (EPP, Hungary) Richard Howitt (S&D, UK) Helga Stevens (ECR, Belgium) Pablo Echenique...
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  • EDF Board meeting: local communities, refugees with disabilities & UK referendum on EU membership

    14.03.2016 In the weekend of 12-13 March, EDF Board meeting took place in Amsterdam hosted by our Dutch member, Ieder(in) , and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. Representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities from all over Europe discussed, among others, the role of municipalities in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities and the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership. On the first day, there was a conference entitled “From global to local: Building...
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  • EDF & ORACLE E-Accessibility scholarship to computer science standout with disabilities

    13.03.2016 Supports development of mobile application to facilitate contact with caregivers, interpreters and assistants Last year, EDF joined forces with Oracle , an integrated cloud applications and platform services company, to promote accessibility within the ICT (information and communications technology) profession. Together, we offered an e-Accessibility Scholarship of 8,000 euros to higher education students with disabilities in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, user experience, among others. “We joined forces with Oracle, firstly to give recognition to outstanding...
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  • Equal access to web

    10.03.2016 Open letter from 20 civil society networks, representing consumers, older people and people from a range of representative organisations of persons with disabilities strongly oppose Council’s proposals to water down the Web Accessibility Directive Web accessibility means that everyone – including people with disabilities – can use the internet independently to browse, navigate and interact. In 2012, the European Commission released a proposal for a Web Directive on the accessibility of the public sector bodies' websites. The proposal has been discussed at the European Parliament and at the...
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  • International Women's Day: the invisibility of women with disabilities must end

    08.03.2016 The International Women’s Day 2016 finds Europe at a stage where significant efforts have been made in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women in society. However, discrimination against women still exists and Europe often fails to include the rights of women in its political and economic decision making. Women with disabilities, in particular, have to deal with a double challenge and are even more invisible in society. Today, on the International Women’s Day, EDF calls on the EU to take measures to promote the rights of women and girls with disabilities in its policies. We call...
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  • EDF strengthens cooperation with the pacific ASEAN and African regional networks

    26.02.2016 From 22 to 25 of February, EDF welcomed our sister networks of persons with disabilities from the Africa, Pacific and ASEAN regions to Brussels. With the support of the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade and the International Disability Alliance, EDF developed a programme of exchange, learning, advocacy and networking in Brussels for 17 disability activists representing these regional networks. Highlights of the programme included: Learning about the EU’s approach to the rights of persons with disabilities Learning about the EU’s external action work- both internally and...
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  • The European Accessibility Act is finally published

    02.12.2015 What does it mean for 80 million people with disabilities in Europe? Le texte est disponible aussi en français ici Today the European Commission published the European Accessibility Act. EDF welcomes this long-awaited piece of legislation that has been at the centre of its Freedom of Movement campaign for over three years. Persons with disabilities currently face barriers to free movement within the EU on an equal basis with others. The European Accessibility Act has great potential to bring a positive change. The Act, which takes the form of a Directive, will have a major influence on the...
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  • European Accessibility Act: EDF presented its position at the Parliament

    23.02.2016 Today EDF presented at the European Parliament its initial response to the European Commission’s proposal for the European Accessibility Act. Together with the European Blind Union (EBU), the Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired (SRF), members of the European Parliament and representatives from the European Commission and the Dutch Presidency to the EU, we discussed the key issues of the proposal and the possible points for improvement. BACKGROUND INFORMATION Last December, the European Commission finally published its proposal for the European Accessibility Act. The Act had been at...
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  • Disability Intergroup & EDF agree on 2016 priorities

    14.01.2016 A year of important action at the European Parliament On 14 January 2016, the EDF Executive Committee met the bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament. The members of EDF Executive Committee represent EU and national umbrella organisations of persons with disabilities. They discussed with Adam Kosa (EPP), Richard Howitt (S&D), Helga Stevens (ECR), Olga Sehnalova (S&D) and Indrek Tarand (Greens/EFA) about common priorities and challenges for 2016. The 2- hour discussion focused on: the role of the European Parliament in the follow up of the UN’s Concluding...
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