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  • Technical cooperation and capacity-building in monitoring disability rights

    06.10.2016 Together with the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and a range of partners, EDF was part of a side event at the Social Forum on 5 October on the topic of ‘Technical cooperation and capacity-building in monitoring the rights of persons with disabilities’. The event looked at the importance of technical cooperation and capacity building to implement and monitor the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (CRPD) from different points of view. Conclusions which can be drawn from this event include: The CRPD provides an excellent basis for technical cooperation and...
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  • European Parliament “signs” yes to disability rights

    29.09.2016 For the first time, all the 31 EU official sign languages were simultaneously signed in the European Parliament during yesterday’s event ‘Multilingualism and equal rights in the EU: the role of sign languages’. Organised by MEP Helga Stevens, this historic event brought together more than 1.000 people including a huge representation of deaf people and other sign language users from across and beyond Europe. The aim was to raise awareness on sign languages as part of Europe’s multicultural and multilingual heritage. Speaking at the opening of the conference, EDF President, Yannis...
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  • EDF Executive Committee meeting: “our strength is our members"

    19.09.2016 EDF Executive Committee met in Slovenia on 16 and 17 of September, hosted by our Slovenian members, the National Council of Disability Organisations in Slovenia ( NSIOS) . This meeting gave us an opportunity to discuss the most pressing matters for the disability movement in Europe today and to hear about the specific priorities of our Slovenian members. EDF has had a long standing cooperation with the disability movement in Slovenia, which predates the accession of Slovenia to the EU in 2004. Since 2001, the Slovenian disability movement has worked together with EDF to promote the adoption...
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  • EU takes positive steps to end “book famine”

    16.09.2016 EDF welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to implement the Marrakesh Treaty into EU law. It now has to be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council. If there is an agreement, the EU will ratify the Marrakesh Treaty facilitating access to published works for persons with are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, including persons with autism. EDF calls on the EU to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty without further delay and end the book famine for millions of persons with disabilities who are denied access to published works against their rights enshrined in the UN...
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  • Time for a new disability rights agenda for Europe

    14.09.2016 The EU was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the work it has done to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, in August 2015. Then the UN Committee issued very important recommendations that the EU has to follow before its next review in 2021 and three urgent recommendations which the EU had to report progress within a year. How has the EU progressed on putting the UN’s recommendations into practice so far? EDF and the Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised today a Public Hearing to gather the views from organisations of...
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  • Goodbye to a great disability activist & EDF board member Peter Lambrechts

    06.09.2016 Last month, we received the very sad news that EDF’s Board Member, Peter Lambreghts, passed away. EDF and the whole disability movement will miss a valuable friend and a great activist who dedicated his life in fighting for the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. “The disability movement in his country, in Europe is now poorer. We have lost a great disability activist, a brilliant leader and above all a great person”, said EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis. His commitment, passion, hard work and kindness will continue inspiring the work of EDF’s team every day. Our...
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  • International Youth Day 2016: what are the challenges for young persons with disabilities in Europe?

    12.08.2016 According to an ANED report, young disabled people have fewer chances than non-disabled youth to enter and progress within higher education. As a result, access to employment is challenging as well. Their employment rate tends to be much lower and they are over-exposed to unemployment and to exclusion from the labour market being at risk of poverty. Access to education and employment is even more difficult for young persons with intellectual and psychosocial disabilities, or for young disabled people coming from migrant or minority families. In 2011, EDF created its Youth Committee in order...
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  • EU and UNICEF widen partnership to better protect child rights in south-east Europe

    04.08.2016 EDF joint the partnership focusing on children with disabilities The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have broadened an important regional partnership that aims to protect children from violence and better include children with disabilities into society. Since 2011, UNICEF and the EU have been working together with countries currently in the process of joining the EU, such as Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Turkey. This partnership is now expanding to include Kosovo*, Montenegro, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. As of this year, EDF has joined the partnership....
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  • EDF’s initial response to the European Pillar of Social Rights

    18.07.2016 FOR A FAIR SOCIAL EUROPE In March 2016, the European Commission published the first outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights (the Social Pillar). This is a reference framework to screen the employment and social performance of participating Member States. The text was accompanied by the opening of the consultation for inputs from stakeholders, including citizens, organisations and public authorities. EDF has prepared an initial response as a basis to have an open dialogue with its members and partners. The stated aim of the Social Pillar is to strengthen the social dimension of the...
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  • European Parliament Committee on culture weakens the Accessibility Act

    13.07.2016 The Committee voted to remove TV programmes and digital books from the text This morning, the Culture Committee of the European Parliament voted to remove Audiovisual Media Services, including TV programmes, and e-books from the European Accessibility Act meaning that they do not need to be accessible. The Committee approved the proposal of its responsible Rapporteur on the Act, Petra Kammerevert MEP (S&D) and the European People's Party’s spokesperson in this Committee Sabine Verheyen MEP, which significantly limits the scope of the Act. This way, 80 million people with disabilities in...
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