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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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  • Web Directive: every exclusion in the scope ultimately excludes persons with disabilities

    17.11.2015 EDF URGES MEMBER STATES DELEGATIONS TO RECONSIDER THEIR POSITION ON THE WEB DIRECTIVE EDF had access to the last document outlining the provisional position of the Council regarding the proposal for a web accessibility directive. The text is dated on 23 October and aims at stirring the discussion about the scope of the web directive in view of the meeting of the Member States delegations tomorrow. EDF would like to highlight some of the most worrying proposals and explain what these mean for persons with disabilities, and remind them that every aspect delegations exclude from the scope,...
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  • Agreement for cooperation with the International Union of Organizations of people with limited abilities

    15.11.2015 On 15 November 2015 in Berlin, Rodolfo Cattani, EDF Secretary , on behalf of EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis, and Vasilij Nazarenko, President of the International Union of Organizations of People with Limited Abilities (IU), signed an agreement for international cooperation on the implementation of the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)in the EU and its Member States, and in the member countries of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. EDF represents 80 million Europeans with disabilities through their representative...
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  • EDF statement on terrorist attacks in Paris

    14.11.2015 EDF is expressing its deep condolences to the people in France for the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris in the evening of 13th of November. Our thoughts are with all the innocent people who lost their lives, and the people who were injured, their families, friends and relatives as well as all those who were near these terrifying, horrific events. EDF expresses its strong support to its French members, the French National Council “Le Conseil Français des Personnes Handicapées pour les Questions Européennes - CFHE” and its Paris-based members, the European Blind Union (EBU), including all...
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  • How can persons with disabilities be active citizens?

    10.11.2015 The findings of DISCIT project were discussed at its final conference in Brussels On 9-10 November, the DISCIT project held its final conference to discuss the results of its 3-year research about active citizenship for persons with disabilities. Researchers from the project, EDF as partner of the project and other civil society organisations, leading scholars in the field, and various policy makers, gathered in the Norway Mission to the EU in Brussels to discuss the potential impact of the project’s findings on EU social policies. DISCIT project has run from February 2013 and it will...
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  • 10.000 persons with disabilities in Greece against the crisis

    04.11.2015 Source: ENIL On 4 November, after the call of the National Confederation of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), around 10.000 disabled people and their supporters gathered in the center of Athens, Greece, to protest about the impact of the crisis on disabled persons’ lives in Greece. In this huge nation-wide rally, people came from all parts of the country, many disability organisations were represented. There were also representatives from other organisations that were supporting the cause, some members of the parliament and other political figures. All together, they raised their voices,...
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  • ETF campaign to keep on-board staff on trains

    03.11.2015 In many European countries the number of trains with on-board personnel decreases. This affects the quality of services and safety of the passengers, including passengers with disabilities.The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) is launching a campaign to keep on-board staff on European trains and EDF is supporting them in their effort. For EDF, spontaneous and independent rail travel is of course the goal that we are striving to achieve. But until this is a reality, EDF recognises the important role that on-board staff has in assisting all passengers, including passengers with...
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  • Human rights of refugees and the situation of refugees with disabilities

    01.11.2015 The disability movement from all over Europe met in Brussels Representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities from across Europe gathered together this weekend in Brussels for EDF’s Board meeting. The meeting focused on the UN’s recommendations to the EU on how it should better implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A special focus was also given to the refugee crisis and persons with disabilities including women and children. “The EU is confronted with a serious economic and migration crisis but that should not serve as an excuse for the...
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  • EDF met Commissioner Thyssen on the UN’s Human Rights Recommendations

    29.10.2015 Today, EDF Executive Committee met the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen and engaged in an open and constructive dialogue on the rights of persons with disabilities. The meeting was timely since in August the EU was reviewed for the first time by the UN Committee on the work it has done to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Therefore, the discussion focused on the Concluding Observations that that UN has addressed to the EU and the next steps towards their implementation. The Commissioner...
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  • New bureau for the European Economic and Social Committee

    07.10.2015 The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) had the elections for its Bureau and three representatives of the disability movement were elected in fundamental positions in the Committee. EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, has been elected as one of the Vice Presidents of Group III of the Committee responsible for fundamental rights, human rights, non discrimination, social inclusion and sustainable development, focusing especially on social and economic pillars. EDF Vice-President, Gunta Anca, will be a member of the EESC Bureau for the next two and a half years, while Ask Løvbjerg...
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