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  • UN human rights recommendations: How to make them a reality?

    13.11.2016 For the first time in history, the EU was reviewed by the United Nations (UN) in 2015 and received specific recommendations on how to improve its work on the rights of its 80 million people with disabilities. 15 European countries have also been reviewed and two more country reviews will be completed in 2017. The UN recommendations are important guidance, but how can they be translated into change that will improve the living conditions of people with disabilities in practice? EDF and its members discussed this together with representatives from the Slovak EU Presidency, the European...
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  • Accessibility is the way to break barriers in society

    10.11.2016 EDF presented its position on the Accessibility Act at IMCO Committee’s exchange of views EDF was invited to present its opinion on the European Accessibility Act during yesterday’s exchange of views in the Internal Market Committee (IMCO) of the European Parliament. After a long campaign from the disability movement and a clear recommendation by the UN calling on the EU to publish the Accessibility Act, a proposal was finally published by the European Commission last December. The proposed text is now discussed at the Parliament and the Council and IMCO is the Committee in charge of...
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  • Accessibility Act: Time to move forward

    09.11.2016 Accessibility Act: Time to move forward Tackling the complex proposal for the European Accessibility Act was the ambitious task of the 3 panels of experts during yesterday’s event at the European Parliament. The event was co-organised by EDF and the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament and hosted by MEP Olga Sehnalová. A range of experts presented their views on the Accessibility Act with each of the 3 panels focusing on a different aspect: accessibility of ICT products and services, accessibility of transport and built environment and how the Act should be put into practice....
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  • EU must make its development cooperation inclusive

    08.11.2016 The European Union (EU) has been a great supporter of a disability inclusive sustainable development framework. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted in 2015, include specific references to persons with disabilities. The EU has also ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and this includes a specific article on International Cooperation (Article 32). Right now, the European Commission is in the process of reviewing the EU Consensus on Development. This is a policy statement that commits the EU to eradicating poverty and building a...
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  • Accessible public websites & mobile apps become a reality in Europe

    26.10.2016 The EU just adopted a directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile apps The European Parliament adopted today the ‘Directive on the Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications of Public Sector Bodies’ (Web Directive). From now on, all websites and mobile applications, including the electronic documents and multimedia, of public authorities in Europe have to be accessible to a wide range of users including 80 million people with disabilities. This is a crucial milestone to achieve an inclusive digital society in which people with disabilities and other users have access to...
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  • Meeting of the Disability Intergroup on the Digital Single Market

    15.09.2015 On 15 September, the Disability Intergroup met to discuss the new Strategy for the EU Digital Single Market. The meeting was chaired by intergroup Vice-President Olga Sehnalova, who is member of the IMCO Committee. Key MEPs active on this topic were present: MEPs Gebhardt and Kallas (EP co-rapporteurs on the DSM) as well as MEP Vicky Ford, Chair of the EP internal market Committee (among others). In all areas of society, there is an increasing penetration of Information and Communication Technologies, which can make a difference for persons with disabilities and older people. The potential...
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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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  • Joint meeting with the Intergroup on Children's Rights

    17.02.2016 On 17 February, the Disability intergroup co-organised wit the intergroup on children’s rights a meeting on ‘Ending violence against children with disabilities’. The discussion drew from the recent findings by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in its report on ‘Violence against children with disabilities: legislation, policies and programmes in the EU’. The meeting was co-chaired by MEP Corazza Bildt, Chinnici and MEP Helga Stevens. Children with disabilities face significant barriers to enjoying their fundamental rights. They are often excluded from society, sometimes living in...
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  • Programmes for persons with disabilities under threat in Spain & Portugal

    10.10.2016 Freezing the EU funding will have alarming consequences for people with disabilities The European Commission proposed last week the suspension of European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) for Spain and Portugal due to their non-compliance with EU budgetary rules. What this proposal fails to consider is the huge impact this will have on persons with disabilities in Spain and Portugal, as many programmes and projects promoting social inclusion and non-discrimination are funded by ESIF. EDF sent a letter to the two Committees of the European Parliament (ECON - Committee on Economic 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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