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  • Highlight: EDF events advocating for inclusive international cooperation by the EU

    04.03.2020 During the last week of February 2020, we warmly welcomed the Executive members of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) for a week of events and meetings in Brussels. This included a high level meeting with representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, an evening reception to present our new Guidance note on the role of European DPOs in international cooperation and a joint conference with IDA entitled “Inclusive international cooperation: Making it a reality!” on the 29 February. Reception “Role of European...
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  • Don’t compromise the right of persons with disabilities to train travel

    03.03.2020 Dear colleague MEP Mr Boguslaw Liberadzki, We are writing to you in your quality as rapporteur of the revision of the EU Rail Passenger Rights’ Regulation. As members of the European Parliament’s Disability Intergroup, we call on you not to compromise the European Parliament’s position regarding pre-notification for assistance for persons with reduced mobility (amendment 101, Article 24 (1) a). The Council’s proposal for this provision was seen as extremely negative by several disability rights organisations and represents a step backwards for the rights of persons with disabilities. It is...
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  • Successful meeting with the European Commission to advance disability inclusion in international development

    29.02.2020 On 28 February 2020, members of the Executive Committee of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) as well as the European Disability Forum (EDF) met with representatives from the European Commission's Directorate-General responsible for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO). Representatives from DG DEVCO included the Deputy Director-General, Marjeta Jager, as well as officials from the thematic and geographic directorates, representing a wide portfolio (budget, civil society, Africa, social protection, employment). They were: Doerthe Bosse (social protection), Camilla...
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  • Toolkit: how can disability organisations support inclusion of refugees and migrants with disabilities

    29.02.2020 We are launching the EDF toolkit on inclusion of refugees and migrants with disabilities which provides information and practical guidance on this topic to organisations of persons with disabilities. This toolkit is a continuation of our efforts to advocate for a human-rights based approach to migration. The toolkit was developed due to our members’ interest and commitment to fight for the rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities. The toolkit includes: A brief background about the situation of refugees and migrants Good practices and ideas on how to include the voices of refugees...
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  • Making public procurement disability-Inclusive: learning space by Bridging the Gap

    27.02.2020 On the 27th February, EDF attended an event organised by the EU project Bridging the Gap. The event was a learning space, which focused on disability-inclusive procurement. Universally designed products and services, including new technologies, can be a great enabler to overcome the barriers that persons with disabilities face everyday. In fact, it is clear that public money must be spent to include everyone. Inclusive procurement gives also concrete opportunities for specific and measurable progress on disability. In Europe, public procurement is a big business, with about 17% of the EU GDP...
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  • Call for tenders: printing of EDF 4th Human Rights Report

    25.02.2020 EDF is looking for a service provider based in the EU for the printing of our 80-page 4th Human Rights report. The successful provider should print 200 copies of the report in recycled with embossed braille markers and qr code, Print-ready version of the report Timeline It should be delivered, at maximum,15 days after start of work Requirements Should have experience in correct braille markings Should be registered in a European Union country. Please send a quote including justification of experience with braille embossing and a price quote to andre.felix@edf-feph.org until 3 March...
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  • Did EU know series: Council Presidencies

    20.02.2020 What is this “Council” we talk about? Not so easy to explain in the EU context where you have two institutions and another important organisation having the word “Council” in the title! In this article, we refer to the Council of the EU, which was formerly known as “Council of Ministers”, and which represents the Member States (EU countries)as well as being an EU institution. It meets in different policy-related configurations. For example, the Transport Council is the Ministers of Transport from all EU Member States, and they adopt laws and coordinate policies. 3 quick facts about the...
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  • UN Committee on the rights of women will elect new members

    20.02.2020 In December 2020, the mandate of 12 member of the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) will expire, and it's time to think about nomination and re-election. The women's organisation IWRAW Asia-Pacific shared the following information about the elections of CEDAW Committee members. The elections will be held on 29 June 2020 in New York, at the 21st meeting of States parties to the CEDAW Convention. The deadline for submission of nominees by governments to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is 6 March 2020. About the elections...
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  • Bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is established

    14.02.2020 The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament selected its Bureau during a meeting on the 13 February attended by 28 Members of the European Parliament. The Disability Intergroup was re-established in December 2019 due to the efforts of the European Disability Forum and its member organisations and at the initiative of several Members of the European Parliament from different political parties. While the Bureau is established, Chair and Co-chairs will be selected at a later date. During the meeting, the Intergroup also approved the work plan for 2020 and 2021, which will be available...
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  • Call for tenders: design and printing of EDF Business Cards

    10.02.2020 EDF is looking for a service provider based in the EU for the design of business cards 15 people in the EDF secretariat. The successful provider should; Produce the design of the business cards (recto-verso) which includes braille markers and qr code, according to EDF’s colour code. Produce braille markers to be embossed in the business card according to further EDF specifications Optional: we welcome quotes for design and printing (must include prove of experience on printing with embossed braille) Timeline Final versions should be ready 15 days after start of work Requirements...
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