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EDF position paper on the reform of the European Union Electoral Law

Right to vote and stand as candidate for persons with disabilities in the European Parliament elections.

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EDF feedback on EU consultation for transport contingency plans

What lessons should EU draw from COVID-19 effect on passenger rights and accessible transport? How can EU best...

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EDF reply to EC consultation on the Urban Mobility Framework

This public consultation aims to gather the views of individuals and stakeholders to help the Commission to propose a new EU urban mobility framework. It will seek information and feedback in relation to the overall aims of the planned EU Urban Mobility Initiative (PLAN/2020/8676).

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EDF Position Paper on European Commission’s draft Standardisation Request for the European Accessibility Act

EDF welcomes the European Commission’s draft standardisation request to the European standardisation organisations (ESOs) as regards the accessibility...

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EDF feedback to Public consultation on a set of European Digital Principles

The European Disability Forum (EDF) has replied to the European Commission's public consultation on the Declaration of Digital Principles....

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Improving Disability Assessment Procedures in the European Union

The methods for assessing disability, granting disability allowance and providing social protection to citizens with disabilities vary substantially from one Member State to another. How exactly would existing disability assessment methods need to change to be CRPD-compliant?

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EDF Recommendations to Digital Compass Policy Programme - Roadmap consultation

The European Disability Forum (EDF) has replied to the European Commission’s planned Digital Compass Policy Programme initative roadmap...

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EDF’s recommendations for the European Commission’s evaluation of patient rights in cross-border healthcare 

Access to health is a fundamental human right of persons with disabilities. It is recognised and protected under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ratified by the European Union and all its Member States, and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights. Find out the key findings of the report on access to cross-border healthcare by patients with disabilities that EDF will publish in September 2021.

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EDF recommendations on draft Council Conclusions on the Disability Rights Strategy

EDF recommendations on draft Council Conclusions on the Disability Rights Strategy

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EDF proposals for amendments to the Pay Transparency Directive

In view of the recent European Commission proposal for a Directive on Pay Transparency establishing minimum requirements to strengthen the application of the principle of equal pay for equal work or work of equal value between men and women through pay transparency and enforcement mechanism, EDF would like to stress their points.

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EDF recommendations on standardisation for the European Accessibility Act

In this document we summarise our main recommendations on the European Commission’s standardisation request for the European Accessibility...

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Rail Passengers' Rights - Analysis of text adopted

On this analysis EDF explain the changes that were adopted in the revised Regulation and how they will affect persons with disabilities once the text enters into force in 2023.

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EDF Recommendations for a Disability-inclusive Roaming Regulation

The European Commission published a proposal for the recast Roaming Regulation[1]. It is as an opportunity to strengthen...

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EDF Position Paper on Union Guidelines for the development of the trans-European transport network (TEN-T)

This Position Paper aims to contribute to the revision of the EU Regulation on Union Guidelines for the...

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EDF position on Assistive Technologies

EDF position on access, barriers and policy recommendations about Assistive Technologies.

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EDF position paper on Violence against women and girls with disabilities in the European Union

This document was prepared to contribute to the consultation on domestic and gender-based violence organised by the European Commission. It provides recommendations to the European Union on initiatives necessary to end gender-based violence and violence against women and girls in all their diversity in the EU, including women and girls with disabilities.

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The Implementation of CRPD Article 19 by the European Union

As a Party to the CRPD, the EU has put in place a number of measures to implement Article 19. Given the way policy competence is shared between the EU and its 27 Member States, the EU does not have a remit to prohibit the construction of institutions for persons with disabilities.

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EU global role in COVID 19 response and impact on lives of persons with disabilities 

This report focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on persons with disabilities globally and to what extent the EU response and recovery plans worldwide have been disability-inclusive. In particular, we provide an overview of the legal and policy frameworks the EU must respect during this crisis.

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EDF position and recommendation on hate speech and hate crime 

The European Disability Forum welcomes the commitment of the European Commission to protect the rights of victims in the European Union (EU) and the initiative to extend the list of EU crimes in Article 83(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU) to hate speech and hate crime.

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Implementing the EU Pillar of Social Rights

This position paper outlines the reaction of the European Disability Forum (EDF), to the Commission’ communication on “A...

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EDF Position Paper on the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act

This document summarizes our main position on the European Commission's proposals for the Digital Services Act and Digital...

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EDF recommendations for strengthening the EU Parking Card 2020

EDF recommendations for strengthening the EU Parking Card 2020 [898KB doc] Executive summary This position paper describes the...

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EDF Input on General Comment on Employment - Article 27 CRPD

EDF Input on Article 27 General Comment

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Summary of EDF’s first reactions EU Disability Rights Strategy

We are pleased to see that the EU Disability Rights Strategy 2021-2030 is a clear step forward in comparison to the previous Strategy. It is also to be highly commended that the European Commission (EC) took the process of consultation with disability organisations very seriously.

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2021 EU Justice Scoreboard

Persons with disabilities living in the EU continue to face major barriers in accessing the justice system. As a consequence, they may not have their right to an effective remedy fulfilled in violation with article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, EU directives on access to justice and the CRPD which impact the EU as a whole. EDF welcomes the roadmap consultation on the EU Justice Scoreboard and set some recommendations in this position paper.

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European Health Union Package

The European Disability Forum calls on the European Commission to incorporate the rights of persons with disabilities in its 3 proposals for regulations part of the European Health Union Packages through this position paper. 

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Ensuring adequate wages and workers’ rights for persons with disabilities

Here we will explore a few of the main challenges faced by workers with disabilities when it comes to escaping in-work poverty and look at what an EU Directive on adequate minimum wage would have to do to help remedy the situation. 

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Action plan on integration and inclusion of migrants and people of migrant background

Refugees and asylum seekers with disabilities face the same risks as other refugees, however compounded by many other issues. Consult in EDF position paper the main recommendations for the Action Plan on integration and inclusion of migrants and people of migrant background.

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Digital Services Act

EC Digital Services Act (doc) EC Digital Services Act (pdf)

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Digital Education Action Plan 2020

Digital Education Action Plan 2020 (doc)

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Artificial Intelligence

EDF Position on EC AI White Paper (doc) EDF Position on EC AI White Paper (PDF)

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Council Presidencies

Disability Priorities for the Presidency Trio Germany - Portugal - Slovenia (PDF)

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Air Passengers' Rights

EDF Position on Air Passengers' Rights for Persons with Disabilities 2020

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An inclusive EU Green Deal for Europe

This document highlights the measures that should be included to ensure the EU deal is inclusive, building a better society for us all, in Europe and around the world.

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Rail Passengers' Rights

EDF Position Paper on Rail Passengers' Rights for the Trilogue negotiations (Word) EDF Position Paper on Rail Passengers'...

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EU Green Deal

EDF's response to the public consultation on the "Climate Pact" (PDF)

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Social Rights

A Strong Social Europe for Just Transitions: Implementing the EU Pillar of Social Rights

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EU Strategy for Victims' Rights

EDF recommendations on the EU Strategy on Victims’ Rights (2020-2024) (PDF) EDF recommendations on the EU Strategy on...

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Electronic Communications Code Toolkit

EDF toolkit on transposition of the European Electronic Communications Code (PDF) EDF toolkit on transposition of the European...

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Equal access and choice to electronic communications

EDF Recommendations on equal access and choice to electronic communications services (Word) EDF Recommendations on equal access and...

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Refugees and migrants with disabilities

EDF Toolkit on inclusion of refugees with disabilities

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Council of the EU

Disability Priorities for the Croatian Presidency of the Council 2020

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The Role of DPOs in International Cooperation

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) laid a firm foundation for ensuring...

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EU Gender Equality Strategy post 2019

During the last decade, the European Commission adopted a Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015 and...

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BEREC Guidelines detailing Quality of Service Parameters

General comment on the guidelines: Mainstream accessibility - Quality measurement parameters should set accessibility of services as one...

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Disability Card

EDF started first campaigning for the introduction of a European Disability Card (then known as “European Mobility Card”)...

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Accessibility of Audiovisual Media

The Audiovisual Media Services Directive or AVMSD (referred to as the Directive throughout this text) was adopted on...

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EU Regulation 1300/2014 on the technical specifications for interoperability relating to accessibility of the Union's rail system for persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility - TSI PRM

EU Regulation 1300/2014 on the technical specifications for interoperability relating to accessibility of the Union's rail system for...

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European Accessibility Act

The European Accessibility Act is a landmark agreement reached after decade-long campaigning by the European disability movement. The...

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Draft implementing regulation on establishing a contract summary template for publicly available electronic communications service providers (EECC)

There are several aspects when it comes to the accessibility for persons with disabilities of the contract summary...

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Council of the EU

In this document, you will find a short summary of policy items that will be decided or discussed...

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Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Guidelines – evaluation

The EU holds responsibility on infrastructure policy - in the fields of transport, energy and telecommunications - since...

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Sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls with disabilities

At EDF, we work a lot on the rights of women with disabilities too. We have a group...

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Rail Passengers' Rights

These are EDF’s proposed amendments following the European Parliament’s vote on 15 November 2018 and the publication of...

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Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence will have huge implications on the lives of all citizens, including persons with disabilities who can...

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Web Accessibility Directive

Within the development of the Directive (EU) 2016/2102 on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public...

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Instrument for Pre-Accession II

We welcome the European Commission’s (EC) legislative proposal of 14 June 2018 for a regulation establishing the Instrument...

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European Solidarity Corps

EDF welcomes the European Commission’s initiative on European Solidarity Corps. Ahead of submitting its response to the second...

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Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)

Transport accessibility in the EU is not optional, it is a legal obligation under the United Nations Convention...

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Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, a new universal ambition was agreed on by world leaders with the adoption of the 2030...

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Multi-annual Financial Framework 2021-2027

In 2013, EDF welcomed the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) regulations for the period 2014-2020 as...

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Ending forced sterilisation of women and girls with disabilities

This report by EDF and CERMI Women’s Foundation raises awareness on how to prevent and end forced sterilisation...

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Web Accessibility Directive

Within the development of the Directive (EU) 2016/2102 on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public...

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