Recent news of the Disability Intergroup

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2018

11 October 2018

The first issue of the Disability Intergroup Newsletter is now out. The first newsletter is here. You can register to receive the rest here

25 September 2018

Watch MEP Adam Kósa's video on International Sign Language:

13 September 2018

The Disability Intergroup Bureau met in Strasbourg to set priorities until the end of 2018. Read the summary of their meeting.

6 July 2018

A summary of the European Parliament Plenary Debate on Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities, produced by EDF, is available. Inclusion Europe also produced an article

4 July 2018

European Parliament Plenary Debate on Political Participation of Persons with Disabilities - The appointment of the debate was led by MEP Cecilia Wikström as rapporteur of the Committee on Petitions. You can also read her oral question for the Commission

19 April 2018

The Disability Intergroup met in Strasbourg.

20 March 2018

Question from President Ádám Kosa to the European Commission about Involvement of Disabled Persons' Organisations in design and implementation of Content4ALL project. Read the question here

28 February 2018

Event on Rail Passengers Right tor Pesons with disabilities. Revision of the Regulation on Rail Passengers’ Rights (1371/2007)

24 January 2018

Disability Intergroup & EDF agree on 2018 Priorities: A decisive year for the European Parliament On 24 January 2018, the EDF Executive Committee met the Bureau of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament. The members of EDF Executive Committee represent both the EU and the national umbrella organisations of persons with disabilities. They discussed with Adam Kosa (EPP), Olga Sehnalova (S&D), Helga Stevens (ECR), Brando Benifei (S&D) and Marian Harkin (ALDE) about common priorities and challenges for 2018. The 2- hour discussion in the Parliament focused on:

The role of the European Parliament in the follow up of the UN’s Concluding Observations on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the report that the European Parliament is preparing A plan to declare 2021 as the next European Year for Disabled Persons The upcoming negotiations between the European Parliament and Council on the European Accessibility Act - see more below The next European Disability Strategy 2020-2030 The Sustainable Development Goals The EU Pillar of Social Rights European Structural Funds Passengers’ Rights Campaigns focusing on drawing up local support for such measures. The proposal for an Accessibility Act triggered an intensive discussion between the EDF Executive committee members and MEPs. EDF members outlined the key aspects to be addressed during the upcoming negotiationsbetween the Parliament and the Council, acknowledging that the starting point is not by any means as ambitious as EDF and its members expected. Nevertheless, the Disability Intergroup MEPs also committed to do their utmost to push for the best outcome possible and encouraged EDF representatives to advocate as much as possible at national level as well.

EDF, as the umbrella organisation of persons with disabilities, and the Disability Intergroup, as the oldest and largest group of MEPs promoting disability rights, have a strong and lasting partnership. It is the intention of both sides to continue intensive cooperation and to continue to discuss our shared political priorities, at least on an annual basis. EDF provides the secretariat to the Disability Intergroup. Find out more about the Disability Intergroup at EDF's website.

The next event of the Disability Intergroup is on Rail Passengers’ Rights on February 28th at 1pm to 3pm in ASP 141.

31 January 2018

A group of MEP's put an oral question to the Commission on the Guardianship for persons with intellectual disabilities

23 January 2018

New Year Reception by the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament

Hosted by MEP Marian Harkin   

  • Place: European Parliament (Brussels)
  • Date: Tuesday 23 January 2018, 18:30-20:00
  • Interpretation: EN and International Sign

If you need an access badge to the European Parliament, please send your full name, ID number, nationality and date of birth to virginie.niyonzima@edf-feph.org by Thursday 18 January.

11 January 2018

Answer by the Commission to MEP Olga Sehnalová question about "Legal certainty for persons with a disability when parking". Read the question here | Read response here

2017

14 December 2017

Strasbourg - The Bureau of the Disability intergroup of the European Parliament had its last meeting of the year. During the meeting, the MEPs of the Disability Intergroup reflected on this year's activities, in particular last week's 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities.

The Intergroup will focus on a range of issues in 2018, and individual Bureau members will take the lead on specific topics. In 2018 there will be work on the European Accessibility Act, Women with Disabilities, Rail Passengers Rights, European Structural Funds and Independent Living, the right to vote, the European Disability Card and access to culture, Inclusion and Accessibility within the Parliament, the Web Directive and Media and Communications Accessibility. The Intergroup will also closely collaborate on all important legislative files which impact on the rights of persons with disabilities and ensure continued awareness raising on its work.

Upcoming meetings in January 2018: 23 January, Brussels: New Year cocktail (date time and venue TBC) 24 January- joint meeting between the Executive Committee of EDF and the Disability Intergroup Bureau

22 dECEMBER 2017

The Commission answered to a question from MEP Rosa Estaràs Ferragut about Figures for gender-based violence against women with disabilities. Read the question Read the answer - Word

6 December 2017

The Members of the Disability intergroup actively supported and participated in the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities. During this landmark event, 800 people with disabilities from across Europe, both leaders and grass-root activists, gathered in the European Parliament in Brussels to have a dialogue with their Parliamentarians and speak up for their rights. an Parliament. The one day conference, which was held in Parliament's hemicycle, saw MEPs, activits with disabilties and a number of high level representatives of other EU institutions dicuss the right to vote and participate in political and public life, the European Disability Strategy 2020-2030 and the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) by the EU.

More information can be found at this page.

30 November 2017

The Disability Integroup discusses challenges and needs of family carers in Europe

8 November 2017

Disability intergroup meeting on persons with disabilities' right to political participation

30 October 2017

MEP Helga Stevens presented a report on the implementation of the European Disability Strategy

6 July 2017

The Bureau of the Disability intergroup met.

The 12 MEPs-Bureau discussed the upcoming EP plenary vote on the European Accessibilty Act and had an exchange with EDF on the preparation of the 4th European Parliament of Persons with disabilities, which will be held on 6 December 2017.

7 June 2017

Disability intergroup meeting on the Sustainable Development Goals

6 April 2017

Disability intergroup meeting on the EU implementation of the UN CRPD

28 March 2017

The Disability Intergroup, EDF and Human Rights Watch call for urgent attention to refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities

16 February 2017

Disability Intergroup meeting on the European Accessibility Act

23 January 2017

The Disability Intergroup, EDF and the Social Platform hosted a New Year reception

19 January 2017

Disability Intergroup meeting on the European Accessibility Act

11 January 2017

Disability Intergroup & EDF leadership discuss 2017 priorities


2016

15 December 2016

The Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup adopts the Intergroup work programme 2017-2019

8 November 2016

Disability Intergroup - EDF event on the European Accessibility Act

7 July 2016

Meeting of the Disability Intergroup on the European Parliament's report on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)

12 May 2016

Meeting of the Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup

17 February 2016

Joint meeting with the Disability Intergroup on Children's Rights

27 January 2016

Disability Intergroup's New Year Cocktail

14 January 2016

Disability Intergroup & EDF meeting to discuss 2016 priorities


2015

17 December 2015

Disability Intergroup MEPs share views with EDF & its members on the UN's recommendations to the EU concerning disability rights

15 September 2015

Meeting of the Disability Intergroup on the Digital Single Market

27 July 2015

European Parliament adopts declaration on accessible tourism

27 April 2015

Launch of European Parlaiment's declaration to support accessible tourism

26 February 2015

The Disability Intergroup discussed its priorities for the next period

15 January 2015

The Disability Intergroup elects its new Bureau

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