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  • Une avancée capitale pour le respect des droits des personnes handicapées en France

    16.07.2018 English Version Le Président de la République Emmanuel Macron a annoncé devant l'ensemble des députés et sénateurs réunis en Congrès à Versailles le 9 juillet dernier que le vote des personnes handicapées sous tutelle ne serait plus soumis à la décision d’un juge: "C'est une politique de retour vers la citoyenneté pleine et entière que nous assumerons et… pour ces personnes, y compris celles sous tutelle, d'un retour au droit de vote ». Cette annonce est l’aboutissement d’un long travail de lobbying de l’ensemble du mouvement associatif des personnes handicapées en France. Les...
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  • New policy brief: “Towards inclusive cities: Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Europe”

    11.07.2018 EDF just launched its new policy brief titled “Towards inclusive cities: Making UN Sustainable Development Goal 11 a reality in Europe”. The presentation of this paper took durina side event to the  High Level Political Forum 2018 on Sustainable Development. The side event "“Goal 11: inclusion of persons with disabilities in societies" was organised by EDF, in partnership with the Stakeholder Group of Persons with Disabilities and other partners including the European Union. EDF’s Vice-President Ana Peláez Narváez launched the brief during the panel of the side event.  EDF’s new policy brief...
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  • Sustainable development: New steps forward for a stronger collaboration between the UN Economic Commission for Europe and civil society

    12.07.2018 The UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) Secretary General, Ms Olga Algayerova of Slovakia, met with the ECE Regional Civil Society Mechanism (RCEM) on the first day of the High Level Political Forum in New York. EDF is an active member of the RCEM, as we coordinate the Constituency of Persons with Disabilities. We were therefore pleased to have a chance to talk with Ms Algayerova as well as Monika Linn, the Chief of the Sustainable Development and Gender Unit in the Office of the Executive Secretary of ECE. Ms Algayerova and Ms Linn were very keen to hear about the progress we made to...
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  • The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 2018 has started and we are there!

    11.07.2018 The High Level Political Forum 2018 (HLPF) started on Monday 9th of July. It is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, until the 19th July. The Forum was established to bring together governments, civil society, and business to monitor, review and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The meeting is being organised under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).  Our delegation  This year, EDF delegation is represented by our Vice-President Ana Peláez Narváez, Marion Steff (SDGs Coordinator) and Alexandre Bloxs (SDGs assistant). We are...
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  • "European Funds for all - Investing in people" - Yannis Vardakastanis for Panorama Magazine

    11.07.2018 In July 2018, Yannis Vardakastanis was a contributor to the Panorama Magazine, a European Commission's magazine focusing on Cohesion Policy. The July issue of the magazine was focused on the future Cohesion Policy, post 2020.  You can read the magazine (PDF) here. Read Yannis contribution below:   European funds for all – investing in people    There is no doubt that Cohesion Policy is essential to create a Europe for everybody. Over the years, the Cohesion Policy and funds have made an important contribution to the inclusion of people with disabilities, even in Europe’s most remote regions....
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  • MEPs demand full access of persons with disability to the political process

    06.07.2018 On the 5th July 2018, the European Parliament debated in plenary the state of political participation of persons with disabilities. The debate counted with the intervention  of Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality,  Věra Jourová and of 26 MEPs from across the political spectre. The debate counted with interventions of several members of Disability Intergroup, including from the four Presidents, MEPs Ádám Kósa, Olga Sehnalová, Helga Stevens and Kostadinka Kuneva, as well as from others members of the Intergroup, such as MEPs Marek Plura, Jana Žitnanská, Michela Giuffrida,...
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  • Tell your city: Applications for Access city Award 2019 are now open!

    05.07.2018 Tell your city: Applications for Access City Award 2019 are now open! The award aims to recognise cities’ efforts to be more accessible. This year, there will be also an award for cities that have especially accessible cultural heritage (museums, historical buildings, etc). Who can apply? For the Access City award: all EU cities of over 50 000 inhabitants. urban areas composed of two or more towns with a combined population of over 50,000 inhabitants, if they are in EU countries with fewer than 2 cities with over 50 000 inhabitants. For the cultural heritage award: those mentioned above....
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  • Report of Conference “Investing in Independent Living” is out!

    03.07.2018 The “Investing in Independent Living” conference took place on the 8 of June in Sofia, Bulgaria. The conference was supported by the Bulgarian Presidency to the EU. It reunited several Bulgarian disability activists, the Minister for Labour and Social Protection Biser Petkov, and representatives from the European Commission, EU Fundamental Rights Agency, the Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Disability Forum, ENIL and the European Expert Group on De-institutionalisation. Participants analysed the investments made by EU funds in independent...
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  • Austrian Presidency has unique chance to cement legacy by adopting the European Accessibility Act

    03.07.2018 The Austrian Presidency has a chance to cement their legacy by concluding negotiations on a European Accessibility Act that assures the rights of persons with disabilities. The European Disability Forum has been campaigning for a European Accessibility Act for years. Our efforts paid off in 2015, when the European Commission proposed the European Accessibility Act, a law that would make many products and services more accessible for persons with disabilities. However, 2 years and a half later, the Act is still on trilogues. Important advances have been made under the Bulgarian Presidency,...
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  • Coherence in standardisation to support accessibility

    02.07.2018 The European Union delegation in collaboration with the European Disability Forum organised an event on the 12th June in New York that brought together different perspectives with regards to accessibility and standardisation. It was as a side event to the 11th session of the Conference of State Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which took place from the 13-14 June in the U.N. headquarters in New York. Moderated by Ms Emmanuelle Grange, Head of Unit on Disability and Inclusion of Directorate-General of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the...
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