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  • European Accessibility Act: EDF calls on the European Commission to deliver a legislative proposal on the accessibility of goods and services

    11.11.2013 The disability movement met with the Vice President of the European Commission, Viviane Reding to discuss the actions that the Commission is taking on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities and the upcoming European Accessibility Act. Ms Reding expressed the European Commission’s commitment to the preparation of the legislative proposal of the Act. Represented by its President, Yannis Vardakastanis, its Vice President, Gunta Anca, its Secretary, Rodolfo Cattani and its Director, Carlotta Besozzi, EDF underlined the strong support and commitment of the European...
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  • The Disability Movement calls for an inclusive sustainable development

    17.11.2013 The disability movement met this weekend in Vilnius, Lithuania gathering together representatives of its member organisations all around Europe, as well as representatives of the Lithuanian Republic and European institutions. On the first day of the Board meeting, a European conference took place focusing on: 'Disability and sustainable development. A perspective from the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities'. Opening the conference, Dovilé Juodkaité, President of the Lithuanian Forum for the Disabled welcomed this event as the only one focusing on the rights of persons...
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  • A need for a Mediterranean Agenda on human rights of persons with disabilities

    23.11.2013 On 22-23 November, the 'Euro Mediterranean Conference on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities' in Madrid brought together participants from 18 countries of the Mediterranean region. Organised by EDF, the Arab Organisation of Persons with Disabilities and the Spanish Committee of Representatives of Persons with Disabilities, in the framework of the MUSAWA II project, the conference focused on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) at national level,the involvement and exchange of best practice on policy making and projects, asylum...
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  • Accessible tourism in the heart of this year's European Day of People with Disabilities

    04.12.2013 Tourism is an important source of growth for the economy in Europe, representing today 1.8 million businesses and approximately 9.7 million jobs. However, travelling can still be a real challenge for some people as finding the information on services, checking luggage on a plane, booking an accessible room often prove to be difficult, costly and time consuming. In the frame of the European Day of People with Disabilities, the European Commission in close cooperation with the European Disability Forum (EDF), organised a conference on “Accessible Tourism in Europe” on 3-4 December 2013. The...
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  • It’s about us, it’s about Europe: EYCA’s final report on active citizenship is out!

    15.12.2013 The European Year of Citizens 2013 closed with a conference which took place on 12-13 December in Vilnius, Lithuania. The event has been organised by the European Commission in close cooperation with the European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA) and the Lithuanian Presidency. EDF was represented by its Vice President, Gunta Anca, who underlined how important it is for persons with disabilities to be active citizens and to have equal access in society. ‘Persons with disabilities were for so long excluded from participating in society and therefore in the policy making processes. Times have...
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  • On the way to the European elections the Disability Movement votes for inclusion

    01.01.2014 EDF brings the rights of persons with disabilities in New Europe’s special issue on the state of our world among the contributions of 100 leaders from politics, business, civil society and academia. 2013 was the European Year of Citizens. Active citizenship means active involvement and participation of all citizens in all aspects of society. In the disability movement, we believe that nothing can be decided about us without us and this is not just a motto. It’s a way of thinking, living and acting. In times of crisis, it is more imperative than ever to make most of our rights as citizens...
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  • EDF- Microsoft event on new skills for new jobs

    11.02.2014 The European Disability Forum and Microsoft share a commitment to finding new ways to strengthen e-skills and facilitating the creation of new jobs. Achieving these goals can be helped through a dialogue among EU institutions, the private sector, and citizens in order to ensure that all existing and new employment opportunities are open to persons with disabilities. In pursuit of this goal, EDF and Microsoft jointly organised on 11 February at the European Parliament an important discussion about e-skills and ICT-related jobs. The objective was to share firsthand information on what is...
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  • EU Equal Treatment Law: we've been waiting too long!

    06.11.2014 As high-level EU Member States’ representatives meet today to discuss how to make equality a reality for all, equality and anti-discrimination organisations call on them to show a real commitment to equality by finally adopting an EU law on equal treatment. In 2008, the European Commission proposed a directive on equal treatment, which would ensure lesbian, gay and bisexual people, persons with disabilities, religious minorities, youth and older people are protected from discrimination in several fields of life such as goods and services, education, housing and health across the EU. So far,...
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  • EDF calls on the EU to meet the new challenges of the next period for citizens with disabilities

    09.11.2014 This weekend, EDF Board meeting gathered together representatives from organisations of persons with disabilities around Europe. The meeting opened by EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, followed by the Head of Unit on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities of the European Commission, Maria Luisa Cabral. EDF has adopted measures in order to prepare the disability movement to fully participate in the new political period opened in the European Union after the European elections and the renewed European Commission. In his opening speech, EDF President highlighted that this is a very crucial...
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  • EU Ombudsman commits to work on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities

    12.11.2014 On 11 November 2014, EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis and EDF Acting Director Javier Güemes met the European Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly, to discuss future cooperation on the implementation of the rights of persons with disabilities in all EU policies. The discussion focused in particular on the EU Ombudsman’s work on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), as well as the role of EU Framework on the monitoring of the implementation of the UN CRPD. The EU framework was set up in 2012 and EDF, the European Ombudsman, the European Agency of...
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