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  • Conference: Global meeting on disability statistics

    01.10.2019 Last week, EDF participated in the Washington Group on Disability Statistics which came together for its 19th meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This United Nations Group brings together representatives from national statistical offices, development agencies, NGOs and DPOs from across the world to discuss ways to improve data collection on persons with disability. The Group developed a short and extended set of questions on disability to be used in national census and surveys, which aims at internationally comparable data on persons with disabilities at the international level. They are also...
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  • Open letter: Move the Commission’s Disability Unit!

    29.09.2019 Freedom of movement, transport, digitalisation, EU funds, anti-discrimination laws, employment strategies… persons with disabilities are affected by virtually all EU laws and policies. That is why 10 MEPs and 10 disability organisations, led by the European Disability Forum, published an open letter today calling for the Unit in charge of disability to be moved to the Secretariat-General, to focus only on disability and to be strengthened in terms of financial and human resources. They further recognise that there was an encouraging step in adding the fulfilment of the EU’s obligations...
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  • Open letter: Disability impacts all areas, and so should the Commission service in charge of it

    29.09.2019 Dear President-elect Von Der Leyen, Vice-President designate Schinas, Commissioner-designate Dalli, It is a sign of clear progress that there is a Commissioner-designate for Equality with an assigned responsibility for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is with concern, however, that we see that this is not backed up by a change in the Commission services. If the current structure is not modified, the Unit in charge of disability issues, under the supervision of Commissioner for Equality, will not be able to adequately fulfil its crucial...
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  • Did EU know? Institutions and bodies

    26.09.2019 What are European Institutions and bodies? There are 13 EU Institutions and bodies that ensure the functioning of the European Union, There are also 4 so-called Interinstitutional bodies, that support the work of the others (for example with recruitment, cybersecurity and publications). From these only 7 are classified as principal decision-making bodies, meaning that they have the power to make decisions. 6 Institutions at a Glance We work most closely with 6: European Commission, European Parliament, the European Council, the Council of the European Union, the EU Ombudsman and the...
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  • Explained: Our work on the Sustainable Development Goals

    25.09.2019 Today marks the fourth anniversary of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs were adopted by world leaders on the 25th September 2015. The Objective? End poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity. Today is also the first United Nations (UN) Summit on SDGs. On 24 and 25 September 2019, Heads of State and Government gather at the UN headquarters in New York to review progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs. Our work on the Sustainable Development Goals We want to ensure the SDGs also...
    Montage of persons holding A4 paper with different Sustainable Development Goals
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  • Survey: Are public sector websites in your country accessible?

    24.09.2019 From Monday, 23 September 2019, all new public sector websites published over the last 12 months must be accessible. This is due to the EU Web Accessibility Directive, which was adopted in 2016 after many years of advocacy by the disability movement. We now want to know if your country is complying with the directive. Help us by filling this short survey
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  • EDF meets: Commissioner-designate Dalli

    23.09.2019 EDF representatives met with Commissioner-Designate for Equality, Helena Dalli on September 20. Our delegation stressed the importance to achieve equal rights for persons with disabilities, who make up at least 15% of the population, and briefed the Commissioner-Designate on priorities of the disability movement, including: Adopting a strong European Disability Rights Agenda 2020-2030, that makes the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities a reality in Europe and the world; Gender equality policies and the fight to eliminate violence against women and girls should include...
    Commissioner-designate Dalli and member of he cabinet Silvan Agius with EDF delegation: Executive Committee Member Nadia Hadad, Director Catherine Naughton and Policy Coordinator Alejandro Moledo.
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  • What kind of role do European DPOs have in international cooperation?

    20.09.2019 As part of EDFs International Cooperation Strategy, we are exploring the current role of DPOs in International Cooperation. We reached out to members and partners in Europe to ask them about the experience they have- this will help us improve and promote our actions in this field. Norwegian Association of the Disabled (NAD) Based on the experience of their 15 000 members and from more than 35 years’ involvement in international development co-operation, the Norwegian Association of the Disabled (NAD) supports DPOs to become experts on the CRPD, with a particular focus on disability...
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  • Joint statement: Persons with reduced mobility need equal rights to train travel!

    14.09.2019 The revised Rail Passenger’s Rights regulation needs to make it happen When Horst tried to take an early morning train to a meeting with the German ministry of Health, he was denied boarding: the train was there, but assistance was still closed. Taking a train after a flight is also an impossible task: most train station require pre-notification of 48 hours, which leaves passengers with reduced mobility stranded if the flight is late. This is why 9 Members of the European Parliament and over 200 organisations active in the fields of human rights, environment and passenger rights published a...
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  • Apply: Photo competition deadline extended to 30th of September

    13.09.2019 Photo competition deadline extended to 30th of September Open to all EU/EEA citizens and residents, no entry fee. To enter, submit the following to naomi.mabita@edf-feph.org: A high resolution photo. Allowed: editing, filters, camera built-in effects. Not allowed: Collages (more than one photo), watermarks, text, or other elements added to the photo. A short description in English including the author’s name, and the city and country where the photo was taken. A signed copy of the Rights Authorization (see document below). Two signatures are needed, one from the person who took the...
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