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  • The European Parliament will debate political participation of persons with disabilities on the 4th of July.

    26.06.2018 Correction: the debate was moved to 5th July at 9h Following a request by MEP Cecilia Wikström, as Chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions, the European Parliament will debate issues related with political participation of persons with disabilities. The debate will include the participation of the European Commission. It is the last topic of debate in the plenary, therefore it will be discussed late in the afternoon. You can watch it in livestream (no captioning) here. We will also tweet during the debate with #DisabilityIntergroup In March, MEP Wikström submitted a oral...
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  • What is left of the ambitious proposal for an EU Work-Life Balance Directive? - COFACE Families Europe analysis of

    22.06.2018 Following the adoption of the General Approach on the Work-Life Balance Directive by the the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) Council, our member COFACE Families Europe issued a statement on the adopted General Approach. While they welcomed the fact that the process can now continue, with a vote on the European Parliament expected in 2018, they also warned against the low standards of the text. Their statement adds: One could conclude that Member States would agree only on a text where the obligations upon them were so limited to allow them to change...
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  • Pafos airport wins Accessible Airport Award 2018

    20.06.2018 Pafos International airport, in Cyprus was the winner of the Accessible Airport Award 2018, awarded yesterday by the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) and the European Disability Forum. The award was given during ACI Europe’s gala dinner by Nadia Hadad, our Executive Committee Member and by Ms. Elisabeth Kotthaus, Head of Unit Social Affairs, Passengers Rights & Equal Opportunities, DG Mobility & Transport, European Commission. Representing Pafos Airport was Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO of Hermes Airports who manage the Larnaka and Pafos International Airport. The...
    adia Hadad, our Executive Committee Member and by Ms. Elisabeth Kotthaus, Head of Unit Social Affairs, Passengers Rights & Equal Opportunities, DG Mobility & Transport, European Commission and Eleni Kaloyirou, CEO of Hermes Airports
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  • Fleeing Syria in a wheelchair - the story of Nujeen Mustafa

    20.06.2018 This story was originally published on our April 2017 newsletter Following a hearing on refugees with disabilities in 2017, Nujeen Mustafa, a young refugee with disabilities, talked with us about their experience. Special thanks to Human Rights Watch for putting us in contact with her. Fleeing Syria in a wheelchair My name is Nujeen Mustafa and I am 18 years old. I am from Syria and I grew up in Aleppo. When the war started, we could not evacuate easily because of my disability, particularly as we were living on the 5th floor of a building with no elevator. I felt like I was a barrier for...
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  • Open letter to EU Leaders: European non-discrimination and equality NGO networks welcome an ambitious Rights and Values Programme 2021-2027

    20.06.2018 European non-discrimination and equality NGO networks welcome an ambitious Rights and Values Programme 2021-2027 as an essential instrument to support human rights and democracy across the EU In today’s global turbulent political context, a group of NGOs join forces to call on the EU to take strong action to help civil society across the EU in their work to defend the core values of non-discrimination and equality in the EU. More than ever people living in the EU need to regain trust in the EU project of peace and security, respect for fundamental rights and human dignity, non-discrimination...
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  • Rail Passengers’ Rights: current proposals “unacceptable” say EDF and AGE Platform Europe

    19.06.2018 The Transport Committee will discuss compromise amendments on the rail passengers’ rights regulation tomorrow. However, the vote initially planned on 21 June, has been postponed. The European Disability Forum (EDF) and AGE Platform Europe are concerned that the current draft compromise amendments will not deliver equal access to rail transport for passengers with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility. There are an estimated 80 million passengers with disabilities and 190 million older people in the EU. One of the objectives of the Regulation is to give passengers with disabilities...
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  • Time for the EPSCO Council to adopt a position on the EU Work-Life Balance directive

    18.06.2018 The European Disability forum joined its voice with other civil society and trade organisations to call on the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council to adopt a Council position on the Work-life balance Directive. Read the open letter below: It’s in your hands – the fate of working parents and carers across Europe depends on you Time for the EPSCO Council to adopt a position on the EU Work-Life Balance directive Brussels, 18 June 2018 Dear Ministers, We represent, via our European umbrella organisations, 3.471 NGOs and 89 trade union confederations. Our call is...
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  • Nine experts elected to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    13.06.2018 Today, the States parties elected nine experts to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. They will l replace those whose terms expire on 31 December 2018. The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the body in charge of monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is composed of 18 independent experts elected by the States that ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The nine experts – six women and three men – who will start working in the Committee in January 2019 are: Mr...
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  • Our guide to the 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

    12.06.2018 The 11th session of the Conference of States Parties to the CRPD takes place in 12-14 June 2018 in the UN Headquarters in New York. It will be preceded by the Civil Society Forum on the 11th June. 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” Themes for the Conference of States Parties Leaving no one behind through the full implementation of the CRPD” Sub-themes: National fiscal space, public-private partnerships and...
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  • The European Development Days - no woman left behind.

    12.06.2018 On the 5 and 6 June 2018, the European Disability Forum participated in the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels. The European Development Day are the largest European Union gathering on international cooperation. It is organized by the European Commission, and this year it focused on the role of women, and the need for their full and equal participation and leadership in society. It was a great occasion to network, share ideas, and get inspired by new partnerships and innovative solutions between civil society, institutional and political stakeholders around the world. Marion Steff...
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