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  • How can the European Parliament implement the UN’s Human Rights Recommendations to the EU?

    17.02.2016 Today EDF participated in the meeting of the European Parliament’s Employment Committee focusing on the implementation of the UN’s recommendationsto the EU on the promotion of the rights of 80 million people with disabilities and the role of the European Parliament in this context. The European Ombudsman and the European Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) - as members of the EU Monitoring Framework together with EDF and the European Parliament- took active part in the meeting as speakers, as well as Diane Kingston, member of the UN CRPD Committee and Jan Jarab, Regional Representative for...
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  • 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: joint letter to Commissioner Timmermans

    09.02.2016 From June 2015 onwards, a considerable number of EU-based Civil Society Organisations from the sustainability, development, environment and social sectors have been meeting to consider in which way we can contribute to the implementation, monitoring and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, both in Europe and beyond. EDF is part of this coalition and on 9 February 2016, we co-signed a letter to the European Commission’s First Vice President, Frans Timmermans on this topic In the letter, we call on the EU and its members states: to develop an overarching Sustainable...
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  • European Accessibility Act: what is the potential to bring a positive change

    02.02.2016 EDF presents an initial response to the Act For over three years, EDF and its members have strongly campaigned for the publication of a legislative proposal on the accessibility of products and services in the EU. On 2 December, the European Commission finally published its proposal of this long awaited piece of legislation which was welcomed by EDF. The proposal is innovative as it aims to strengthen the rights of persons with disabilities from an EU internal market perspective. It also followed the UN Committee’s recommendations to the EU to promptly adopt the European Accessibility Act....
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  • UN's Human Rights Recommendations to the EU: European Parliament & EDF work together for their implementation

    27.01.2016 Today EDF participated in the European Parliament’s Public Hearing focusing on the UN’s recommendations to the EU on how to better promote the rights of 80 million people with disabilities. For the first time in historyuy, last year the EU was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the work it does to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The EU received [specific recommendations, the so called ‘Concluding Observations’, by the UN Committee on how to improve their work in this field in the coming years](Publish...
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  • Commissioner Bulc commits to improve access to transport

    26.01.2016 People with disabilities still face various barriers to move freely Today, a delegation from EDF, headed by EDF Vice-President Gunta Anca, met the EU Commissioner for Transport and Mobility, Violeta Bulc. The meeting was arranged to discuss the UN’s concluding observations: the recommendations by the UN to the EU on how to better promote and protect the rights of 80 million people with disabilities – in particular the recommendations on transportt. In its concluding observations, UN recommends the EU: to strengthen the monitoring and implementation of EU passengers’ rights legislation to...
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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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  • European Commission launched consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy

    23.12.2015 Yesterday, the European Commission launched the online public consultation on the mid-term review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. This consultation will be open until Friday 18 March 2016. This Strategy provides a roadmap for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), to which the European Union is a party. It has identified 8 main areas for action at EU level: accessibility participation equality employment education and training social protection health external action Citizens, organisations, public authorities,...
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  • Disability Intergroup MEPs share views with EDF & its members on the CRPD Committee Concluding Observations

    17.12.2015 The European Parliament is drafting an own-initiative report on the ’Implementation of the UN CRPD with special regard to the Concluding Observations of the UN CPRD Committee’. The rapporteur is MEP Helga Stevens (ECR, BE). 8 other European Parliament Committees are drafting opinions to this report in relations to their own spheres of competences – many rapporteurs are members of the Disability Intergroup. On Thursday 17 December, the Disability intergroup had a discussion on this report, with a participation of more than 20 MEPs - all involved in the report. MEPs expressed their ambition to...
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  • European Day 2015: tackling barriers for children & young people with disabilities

    08.12.2015 2016 ACCESS CITY IS MILAN On the occasion of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 7-8 December the European Commission and EDF co-organised a two-day conference in Brussels with around 200 participants from all over Europe. The conference focused on the current situation of children and young people with disabilities and their access to education as a key factor for their participation in society. Participants of the conference included young people with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities, government...
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  • What does it take to tackle inequalities and to leave no one behind?

    03.12.2015 On 3rd December 2015, the European Union (EU) celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the framework of the European Year for Development. The aim of the one-day conference was to answer the question, if the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to be fully inclusive of persons with disabilities then what practical steps do we need to take now? The conference, which took place in Brussels, was attended by almost one hundred participants representing the EU Institutions, EU Member States, organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), and other civil society...
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