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  • 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: joint letter to Commissioner Timmermans

    09.02.2016 From June 2015 onwards, a considerable number of EU-based Civil Society Organisations from the sustainability, development, environment and social sectors have been meeting to consider in which way we can contribute to the implementation, monitoring and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, both in Europe and beyond. EDF is part of this coalition and on 9 February 2016, we co-signed a letter to the European Commission’s First Vice President, Frans Timmermans on this topic In the letter, we call on the EU and its members states: to develop an overarching Sustainable...
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  • How can the European Parliament implement the UN’s Human Rights Recommendations to the EU?

    17.02.2016 Today EDF participated in the meeting of the European Parliament’s Employment Committee focusing on the implementation of the UN’s recommendationsto the EU on the promotion of the rights of 80 million people with disabilities and the role of the European Parliament in this context. The European Ombudsman and the European Agency of Fundamental Rights (FRA) - as members of the EU Monitoring Framework together with EDF and the European Parliament- took active part in the meeting as speakers, as well as Diane Kingston, member of the UN CRPD Committee and Jan Jarab, Regional Representative for...
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  • Disability perspective in EU Cohesion Policy: EU Ombudsman investigates protection of fundamental rights in the preparation of the partnership agreements

    20.05.2014 The European Ombudsman, Emily O'Reilly, has initiated an investigation concerning the respect for fundamental rights in the EU's cohesion" policy. The Ombudsman has received many complaints in the area of fundamental rights and is investigating on the Commission's role in ensuring that the EU funding is used in ways that comply with the Charter of Fundamental Rights. According to the press note, Emily O'Reilly commented: "It is key for the credibility of the European Union that, wherever EU money is spent, fundamental rights are respected. In many cases, these funds are supposed to help the...
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  • EU Elections 2014: it’s time to vote for inclusion

    23.05.2014 The European elections have started. The first polling stations opened yesterday in a couple of EU Member States and the rest of Europe will vote in an election that that will spread until Sunday evening. Europeans are called to elect their 751 Members of the European Parliament. The European Disability Forum (EDF) calls on European citizens with disabilities to go out and cast their ballot. Participation in political life is at the heart of democracy. In all EU member States, EDF, its members and the whole disability movement worked tirelessly to engage with candidates and political parties...
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  • Web Accessibility: no more time to waste! if not now, when?

    05.06.2014 This Friday 6 of June the Transport, Telecommunication and Energy Council will meet and discuss the state of play of the Web Directive. Unfortunately, during the last two presidencies of the EU, there has been no further progress on the Proposal for a Directive on the Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies’ Websites in Council. EDF wants to see the forthcoming Telecommunications Council conclusions include a clear political commitment to ensure rapid progress on this Directive during the forthcoming Italian Presidency. This would make a real difference to 80 million Europeans with...
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  • Official launch of EUROPE+ Alliance

    08.07.2014 Today marks the official launch of Europe+ (Civil Society for the Renewal of European Democracy), a broad grass-roots alliance which brings together over 40 organisations from civil society and trade unions, including the European Disability Forum, calling for renewed and better functioning democracy in the EU. Founded over the past year, during a time when Europe has been facing testing political and economic challenges, Europe+ is being officially launched at the European Parliament. A transparent and inclusive space for debate created by, and for civil society, Europe+ aims to design a...
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  • Two years of EDF chairing the International Disability Alliance

    02.07.2014 EDF is a proud founding member of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) and EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis, has been the first elected chair of its governing body over a mandate of the last two years. During this period, EDF together with the rest 11 regional and global organisations proudly followed the whole development of IDA, as a collective success, from an informal alliance to a real organisation, which is now able to influence the political action at international level. IDA became a legal entity in June 2013 as a historic decision that further strengthened the organisation...
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  • 7th session of the conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    10.06.2014 The 7th session of the Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) took place on 10-12 June 2014. Prior to this, the Civil Society Forum was coordinated by the International Disability Alliance (IDA) in partnership with Disability Rights Fund, Human Rights Watch, International Disability and Development Consortium and Rehabilitation International. The Civil Society Forum gathered over 200 civil society participants and Member State delegations under the theme: ‘ Towards an Inclusive Post-2015 Agenda’. Speakers from all panels called...
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  • EU published its first report on the implementation of the UN Convention

    06.06.2014 On 5 June 2014, the European Union published its first report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Events during the conference. (UN CRPD). The EU ratified the Convention in 2010 making it the first international human rights treaty ever ratified by a regional organisation like the European Union. The EU has the obligation to prepare and submit a report on the actions it took to give effect to the Convention. Considering this as a historic moment for the rights of persons with disabilities, EDF welcomes the publication of the EU report as an...
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  • Mobile for Good Europe Awards: Application which enables colour-blind users to understand colours & information based on colours wins 30.000€ award

    06.12.2013 On 5 December 2013, the Vodafone Foundation announced the four winners of the 2013 Mobile for Good Europe Awards. Organised by Vodafone Foundation, the European Disability Forum and AGE Platform Europe, these awards recognise transformational apps designed to improve people's lives, deliver substantial public benefit and stimulate thinking of how mobile technology can improve the delivery of public services for society. A total prize fund of 200,000 EUR for the best Android and iOS apps and concepts has been shared between 12 finalists, with the winner of each category receiving 30,000 EUR....
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