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  • The Disability Movement calls for the active participation of organisations of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the UN Convention

    18.05.2014 The European conference on ‘Monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in practice’ brought together more than 200 individuals from the disability movement all around Europe, the Croatian authorities, as well as representatives of European organisations and the Commission. Organised by EDF in cooperation with its Croatian members, SOIH, in the frame of EDF’s Annual General Assembly, the European conference opened a dialogue between national and European organisations of persons with disabilities concerning their view on the upcoming EU report...
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  • Survey on passengers’ rights: EDF wants to hear your stories

    17.05.2014 Denied boarding because of your disability? Damaged wheelchair? No accessible information at the train station? EDF is currently doing a small survey to identify the problems existing in different countries concerning passengers’ rights. It has been a little more than a year now that the European Union has laws on passengers' rights in all transport modes: air (Regulations 1107/2006 and 261/2004), rail (Reg. 1371/2007), bus & coach* (Reg. 181/2011) and sea (Reg. 1177/2010). What interests us now is to see if these laws have changed anything in the everyday lives of EU citizens – you!...
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  • Millions of Europeans with disabilities excluded from their right to vote

    09.05.2014 Today, on the day of Europe, less than two weeks before the European elections, EDF deplores that millions of persons with disabilities are being excluded from their right to vote. For the first time in the EU history, the outcome of the elections will directly determine who becomes president of the European Commission, with top candidates from the different political forces running paneuropean campaigns. In this crucial time of crisis in Europe, every vote counts and every voice should be heard! EDF calls on the EU and the Members States to remove restrictions preventing citizens with...
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  • European Year of Citizens Alliance calls on the future President of the Commission to promote active citizenship

    05.05.2014 EDF is a member of the steering committee of the European Year of Citizens Alliance (EYCA), an open network of European and national civil society organisations willing to promote active citizenship as a core element of the European democracy in the frame of the European Year of Citizens 2013. EYCA addressed the candidates for the presidency of the European Commission asking for their commitment to take concrete proposals to ensure a more social, renewed Europe with the active participation of European citizens. To the future President of the European Commission, On behalf of the European...
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  • Future President of the Commission, what will you do for 80 million Europeans with disabilities?

    30.04.2014 EDF has addressed the leading candidates nominated by the European poltical parties as candidates for the presidency of the European Commission: Jean Claude Juncker (EPP), Martin Schulz (Socialist), Guy Verhofstadt (ALDE), Ska Keller/José bové (Greens) and Alexis Tsipras (European Left). In a joint action with some of its national members, EDF has sent them 5 key questions based on EDF manifesto, asking them to outline their vision and their plans for persons with disabilities in Europe, but also to make commitments for action in five areas: The protection of persons with disabilities from...
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  • World Autism Day: Employment is more than just a job for people with autism

    02.04.2014 Studies have shown that between 76 and 90 per cent of adults with autism are unemployed. This is one of the many reasons why World Autism Awareness Day was declared by the UN General Assembly as an annual day to draw attention to the urgent needs of people with autism around the world. Autism is a complex disorder that affects the brain. It impairs an individual’s social and communication abilities and often causes them to display unusual or repetitive behaviours. Today 1 in 150 children are diagnosed with autism – totalling around 3.3 million people in the European Union. In most regions of...
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  • EU Elections 2014: Joining forces to mobilise EU citizens

    18.03.2014 Civil society and candidate MEPs commit to a Citizens' Europe European Parliament elections are the periodical momentum to test both politicians' and citizens' engagement and capacity to debate on how best shape our societies and improve European integration for the benefit of all. In the light of the democratic crisis and growing mistrust towards the European Union, it is of utmost importance to mobilise EU citizens to go to vote in May, said panellists from AGE, COFACE, ILGA Europe, EWL, ENAR, EDF, EAPN, AEGEE and Eurochild during a joint event on 18 March at the European Parliament hosted...
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  • EDF calls on the EU to protect women with disabilities from discrimination

    07.03.2014 Despite the progress that has been made for the empowerment of women in today’s society, women still face discrimination based on their gender. Women with disabilities have to also face discrimination for their disability. On tomorrow’s occasion of the International Women’s Day 2014, EDF calls on the EU to protect women with disabilities from all forms of discrimination and to ensure gender equality. The EU, as well as the majority of its member states, have signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that introduces the obligation of state parties to recognize that...
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  • IDA's conference on post-2015 development agenda and the UN CRPD in Africa just started in Nairobi

    06.03.2014 In his capacity as IDA Chair, EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis, opened today in Nairobi, Kenya, IDA's conference aiming to deepen dialogue between national, regional and global organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs). The three-day event aims to strengthen advocacy amongst DPOs in order to promote inclusive development in the future global development framework. The conference will assessanalyse the situation for persons with disabilities on the African continent within the context of the post 2015-development agenda. High on the agenda will be the issue of advocacy and a deeper...
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  • EDF reaction to the decision of France to further postpone the implementation of the national law on accessibility

    03.03.2014 The European Disability Forum (EDF) is concerned about the decision of the French government to further postpone for another 3 to 9 years the implementation of its law for the accessibility of services and public spaces. The French law of 11 February 2005 was foreseeing that all public spaces, houses and transport would become accessible before 1 January 2015 but this deadline will not be met. The authorities have thus postponed the implementation of the law and worked out a timetable according to which certain places shall be accessible after another 3, 6, or 9 years depending on the sector...
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