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  • European Disability strategy confirmed: our demands

    16.01.2020 Today, Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli confirmed that the European Commission is committed to present a strengthened European Disability Strategy post 2020. This commitment was presented during a speech on the conference “Towards Inclusion 2020”. It is also present in the Communication “ A strong social Europe for just transitions” released on the 14 January 2020. We welcome this confirmation and reiterate our demands for a strengthened strategy, especially: The establishment of disability focal points in all Commission DGs and Agencies, in all EU institutions. The main disability...
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  • Joint Statement: 10 years towards Inclusion

    16.01.2020 Statement from the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based care The “Towards Inclusion” conference celebrates 10 years of coordinated EU action on deinstitutionalisation. It aims to take stock of past achievements and set a common vision for the future. The event is organised jointly by the European Commission and the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based care (EEG), which was set up in 2009, thanks to the initiative of the then EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Vladimír...
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  • Apply: European Disability Forum and Oracle e-Accessibility Scholarship 2019-2020

    06.01.2020 Deadline: 6th March 2020 (23:59 CET) EDF and Oracle have launched the fourth edition of our scholarship for students with disabilities studying in the field of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, User Experience, or related fields enrolled at a EU university for the academic year 2019-2020. The scholarship The scholarship consists of 6,500€ to be awarded based on a project or research that will be conducted during the academic year. The Scholarship will be awarded primarily based on a project or thesis in which the needs of persons with disabilities in terms of accessibility to ICT...
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  • EDF hosted its second Innovation to Inclusion (i2i) webinar

    20.12.2019 The European Disability Forum (EDF) organized the second webinar series on the 11th of December 2019, as part of the Innovation to Inclusion programme also known as i2i. The webinar, which lasted one hour, was well attended by organisations of persons with disabilities and their representatives as well as other stakeholders and members of the public interested in employment and economic opportunities for persons with disabilities. The objectives of the webinar were two-fold: Present the OHCHR human rights based indicators of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD...
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  • Common Provisions Regulation: encouraging steps towards disability-friendly EU funds

    19.12.2019 We welcome the agreement on parts of the text of a regulation that will apply to a number of key EU funds post-2021 (the Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2017), as it includes crucial articles to advance the rights of persons with disabilities. While the agreement is only partial and provisional, it is encouraging to see clear wording on provisions regarding accessibility, non-discrimination and divestment from institutional care (to name but a few). If the wording remains in the final text, it will be a powerful tool to reduce the misuse of funds and assist Member States in implementing the...
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  • Members of the European Parliament call for clear and fast commitment to new European Disability Strategy

    18.12.2019 Several Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) called on the Commission to announce its commitment to a new European Disability Strategy as soon as possible, during a debate on the topic during the European Parliament’s Plenary session of 17 December. The debate, which resulted from an oral question put to the Commission by MEPs Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, Cindy Franssen, Ádám Kósa and Stelios Kympouropoulos,  will be followed up by an European Parliament’s resolution on the disability strategy in February. Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli provided the opening and closing statements for...
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  • Did EU know? Access to EU laws

    18.12.2019 Following up on our article on finding Council documents online we will come back to the issue of finding EU legal texts and related information online. There is indeed a huge amount of information publicly available but, as usual, it is not easy to know where to start and how to filter out the more useful pieces of information. May we introduce. EUR-Lex, the EU's main database to access the texts and complementary information of EU law. On the EUR-Lex website you can, for example: Read the text of any EU law in all official EU langauges (note that for texts that have been adopted prior to...
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  • Did EU know? EU Ombudsman

    18.12.2019 The EU Ombudsman is very important to EDF and to the protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the European Union. The treaty on the Functioning of the EU- article 228, describes the institution of the EU Ombudsman and you can find every detail of the Ombudsman’s work on the website- which has been made accessible in recent years. The website describes in detail what the Ombudsman can do, and how a person can make a complaint: ‘The European Ombudsman investigates complaints from individuals, businesses and organisations about maladministration by the institutions, bodies and...
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  • Debate: European Parliament debates the Disability Strategy post 2020

    16.12.2019 Tomorrow, 17 December at 15 hours (Brussels time), the European Parliament will debate the EU Disability Strategy post 2020. The discussion can be followed through the livestream of the plenary. You can read here a parliamentary question on the subject
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  • Open letter: An inclusive Green Deal must include accessible environments

    13.12.2019 To: Frans Timmermans Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal European Commission Climate Change is an existential threat to everyone and even more so for persons with disabilities. Therefore, we are happy that the European Commission is proposing an EU Green Deal, which also acknowledges the social dimension of sustainability. We are however concerned that the EU Green Deal will not sufficiently ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities, especially in terms of accessibility of buildings and transport as well as of all urban mobility related areas such as public spaces....
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