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  • Rail passengers’ rights regulation: over 500 amendments published in the European Parliament’s Transport & Tourism Committee!

    16.04.2018 Rail passengers’ rights regulation: over 500 amendments published in the European Parliament’s Transport & Tourism Committee! We’re delighted to report that all our amendments to the draft report on the Rail passengers’ rights regulation have been tabled by MEPs. We were very pleased to see strong cross-party support for our amendments. There were more than 582 amendments tabled to the draft report on the Rail passengers’ rights regulation were published on the European Parliament’s website. These are currently available in English, French and Spanish - see amendments 56 to 348 and...
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  • 2018 Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

    The 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD takes place in 12-14 June in New York. The Conference will, as every year, take stock of the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The theme is “Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD” On June 11th the Civil Society Forum takes place, at the UN headquarters in New York. Applications are now open for side events ,with a May 4th deadline. It is also possible to register online to participate. Some member states support the participation of Disabled Persons...
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  • Bridging the Gap: Webinar on the Sustainable Development Goals

    12.04.2018 The second webinar cycle of the “Bridging the Gap” project will focus on Sustainable Development Goals and how they can support the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The webinars will occur in three languages: English, Spanish and French: Spanish webinar will take place on the 25th April at 4:30 PM ( CET – Brussels time) English webinar will take place on the 26th April at 2:30 PM ( CET – Brussels time) French webinar will take place on the 27th April at 2:30 PM ( CET – Brussels time) Marion Steff, our Sustainable Development Goals Coordinator will be the speaker of the English...
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  • Breaking Barriers together for Autism – a more accessible Europe

    10.04.2018 Our Executive Committee member, Gunta Anca, called on the institutions to create a strong, “no compromises” Accessibility Act. Her remarks took place during Autism Europe’s Photo Exhibition opening in the European Parliament in Brussels. She stated that the European Commission, the Council and the European Parliament should agree to take the best of each proposal, not the “compromised minimum”. This includes topics such as Public Procurement, services, inclusion of microenterprises and the built environment in the act, transport and emergency services (including emergency calls), among other...
    Executive Commitee member Gunta Anca speaks with European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and MEP Rosa Estaràs Ferragut
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  • On World Health Day 2018, equal access to healthcare is still denied to persons with disabilities in Europe

    06.04.2018 More than 80 million persons with disabilities in Europe are still unable to fully access healthcare. Good quality health services are still not a reality due to a host of issues from inaccessible facilities to lack of appropriate training for healthcare professionals and health policy makers. This is why, today, we call on EU Member States to implement policies that allow everyone to access healthcare on an equal basis with others. Persons with disabilities still have worse access to healthcare than the average European. It’s a life or death issue: a study in the United Kingdom asserted...
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  • Measuring Equity in Education – new Handbook by UNESCO

    05.04.2018 UNESCO just launched the new Handbook on Measuring Equity in Education. It explains and guides how to measure if marginalised groups are not left behind in education. Persons with disabilities are one of the groups at risk of exclusion from education. But many countries don’t track data on education progress of persons with disabilities. Education progress is vital to ensure no one is left behind. Having this data, national policymakers can create solutions to these challenges. These solutions are essential to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 4 – Ensure inclusive and quality...
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  • Good networking, Bad accessibility - EDF in the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development

    03.04.2018 Alexandre Bloxs, the European Disability Forum’s Policy Assistant for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), attended the second edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development to promote EDF’s last Human Rights Report. The festival took place in Bonn, Germany, from 21st to 23rd March 2018. It was hosted by the United Nations SDG Action Campaign and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development and the German Federal Foreign Office. The festival is described on its website as: ”The world´s most inspiring SDG event to celebrate,...
    Alexandre and a second person hold a cardboard of the SDG wheel during the Global Festival. Thieir heads and a copy of the EU Human Rights report are inside the wheel.
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  • Rail passengers’ rights: update from the European Parliament's Internal Market committee

    30.03.2018 The European Parliament Internal Market Committee (IMCO) rapporteur (the person appointed to report on the proceedings of the Committee), Mr. Dennis de Jong, has published his draft opinion [PDF] on the European Commission’s proposal for a recast of Regulation 1371/2007. This regulation focus on rail passengers’ rights. MEP de Jong is proposing to lower pre-notification to book assistance from 48 to 3 hours. While this is a significant improvement on the 24 hour pre-notification proposed by the Transport and Tourism Committee rapporteur - it would mean that persons with disabilities would...
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  • We are recruiting a Social Policy Officer!

    29.03.2018 We are seeking a dynamic policy officer to join our Brussels based secretariat as Social Policy Officer. The Social Policy Officer is responsible for promoting the rights of persons with disabilities in social policy fields at the EU level and to support our members in the implementation and monitoring of EU social initiatives in their countries. Our ideal candidate is committed to a social Europe, to a strong role for civil society and is a dynamic and flexible team player. Areas of knowledge which are important for this job are inclusive social and employment policies, EU policy and...
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  • Inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action: EU working on guidance for humanitarian organisations.

    27.03.2018 In February, we were invited to a consultation meeting by the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO) in Brussels. They are currently working on a guidance paper to include persons with disabilities in the humanitarian actions they fund. This paper follows the statement made by Commissioner Christos Stylianides during the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities. He announced that, starting in 2018 requests for proposals launched by ECHO, which funds the operations of humanitarian organisations on the ground, will highlight that...
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