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  • Activists demonstrate for a strong law on accessibility in Europe

    06.03.2017 Accessibility? Act! Today we are demonstrating in front of the European Parliament and we are calling on Parliamentarians to promote a strong and effective European Accessibility Act. Millions of people in Europe are still excluded from using basic products and services that are taken for granted for other people. Due to lack of accessibility, withdrawing money from a cash machine, entering a bank or any public building, using the metro, issuing a ticket, using a computer, calling a friend, watching TV, staying in a hotel, using a washing machine, are impossible for many people, including...
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  • Promoting equal opportunities to decent work

    19.02.2017 Work and employment have a huge impact in our lives and are linked to the ability to live independently and make our own choices in life. According to Eurostat, more than half of the population of persons with disabilities in the European Union (EU) are unemployed. In fact, experts who took part it our conference on 18 February 2017 in Malta stated that these Eurostat figures are too optimistic as many people with disabilities who are unemployed are totally invisible from the statistics. Women with disabilities even facemultiple discrimination both on the grounds of their gender and...
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  • EDF & Broadcasters draw up common proposal to improve access to audiovisual media services

    14.02.2017 The European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) have made a common proposal to improve the accessibility of audiovisual media services for persons with disabilities. Broadcasters and the umbrella organisation of the European disability movement reached this agreement upon the initiative of the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Petra Kammerevert, who is preparing the European Parliament's report on the revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). EDF, EBU and ACT (the “signatories”)...
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  • Honouring the International Holocaust Remembrance Day as a way to eradicate all forms of racism and discrimination

    27.01.2017 JOINT PRESS STATEMENT On the** International Holocaust Remembrance Day**, the undersigned anti-racism and anti-discrimination civil society organisations and activists are coming together to underline the need to react to the alarming rise in xenophobia and the popularity of far-right politics and discourses across Europe and the world. Today is a day to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazi regime against Jews, Roma, Sinti, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people. Remembering the atrocities of the Holocaust should serve as a...
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  • Open letter to Members of the European Parliament concerning the European Accessibility Act

    31.01.2017 The European Disability Forum (EDF), AGE Platform Europe and ANEC are deeply concerned about the draft report of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO Committee) of the European Parliament on the European Accessibility Act (2015/0278(COD)) published on 6 January 2017. The report is watering down the European Commission's proposal and we believe it threatens to lead to an unambitious position of the European Parliament which will not represent the interests of EU consumers, nor promote their rights effectively, including 80 million persons with disabilities and 190...
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  • Disability Intergroup: challenges and opportunities ahead

    26.01.2017 The European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Parliament Disability Intergroup and the Social Platform co-organised a New Year reception on January 23rd, hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Marek Plura. This was the first public gathering during EDF’s 20 year anniversary celebration, which takes place in 2017. To mark this 20 year anniversary, EDF will campaign for a comprehensive implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the European Union (EU). MEP Marek Plura, Vice-Chair of the Disability intergroup, opened the event by...
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  • Maltese Presidency supports a strong Accessibility Act

    24.01.2017 At the meeting of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament on 19 January in Strasbourg, the European Accessibility Act, a proposal for a law that can potentially improve the accessibility of products and services sold in the EU, was high on the agenda. EDF was represented by Mr Yannis Yallouros, member of the Executive committee. Mr Yallouros presented the views of EDF in the meeting, and explained many ways in which the Accessibility Act can become a strong piece of legislation, assisting Member States in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with...
    Member of the European Parliament, Helga Stevens and Adam Kosa, are discussing the European Accessibility Act with the Member of EDF Executive Committee, Yannis Yallouros
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  • Disability Intergroup MEPs & EDF agree on 2017 priorities

    11.01.2017 New disability rights agenda, mainstreaming disability rights in all EU policies and access to political participation at the heart of the discussion 2017 is an important year with many challenges ahead but also with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the European Disability Forum (EDF): 20 years of fighting for human rights, inclusion and participation. We started the year by discussing the priorities of the next period with the leadership of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament. The future of Europe, the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the...
    Group photo of EDF Executive Committee members and Staff with the the Co-Presidents of Disability Intergroup Helga Stevens and Adam Kosa and the Vice-President Marek Plura
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  • New work programme 2017-2019 for the Disability Intergroup

    15.12.2016 The Bureau of the Disability intergroup of the European Parliament had its last meeting of the year. During the meeting, the MEPs of the Disability Intergroup adopted the work programme for the period of 2017-2019 and a calendar for 2017 with precise dates and topics for the Disability Intergroup meetings in 2017. Upcoming meetings in January 2017: Thursday 19 January, Strasbourg: meeting on the European Accessibility Act Monday 23 January, Brussels: New Year cocktail In addition, MEPs discussed the replacement of the former co-Chair of the Disability Intergroup, MEP Richard Howitt, who...
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  • ‘Co-operation is needed to improve situation for refugees with disabilities’

    08.12.2016 EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis, participated in the event “Embracing Diversity” organised by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva on 6 December. Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the event strengthened the dialogue between UNHCR and organisations working to promote active participation for persons with disabilities. EDF considers the cooperation with UNHCR crucial in order to find ways to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities in the population of refugees and asylum seekers. Yannis Vardakastanis...
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