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  • COSP2016: Inclusion of persons with disabilities in the global development agenda

    27.06.2016 Every year, all countries in the world that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) meet at the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to discuss matters related to the implementation of the CRPD. The meeting also includes organisations of persons with disabilities, National human rights insitatuates and a range of other interested individuals and organisations. This year, the 9th Conference of State Parties focused on: ‘Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind’. The sub-themes were: Eliminating...
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  • Greens engage in the discussion on the Accessibility Act

    03.06.2016 On 1 June, the Political Group of the Greens of the European Parliament organised a hearing on the European Accessibility Act, inviting representative organisations of persons with disabilities to present their views on the legislative proposal of the European Commission. Hosted by Members of the European Parliament, Igor Šoltes (Shadow Rapporteur on the file for the Greens) and Indrek Tarand (vice-president of the Disability Intergroup) the meeting focused on how the European Commission’s proposal could be improved in order to make a real and meaningful difference in the lives of 80 million...
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  • Meeting of the Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup

    12.05.2016 On 12 May, the Bureau of the Disability Intergroup organised a meeting in Strasbourg. Among others, MEPs discussed the state of play of the EP report on the UN CRPD Concluding Observations, and various communications aspects related to the adoption of the report. Many of the intergroup Bureau members are involved in the report, either as rapporteur, shadow rapporteurs or rapporteurs for opinion. The final report will be soon adopted, as an EP resolution. This will happen during the July EP plenary session (4-7 July). MEPs will organise a press conference. MEPs decided to have a full...
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  • Declaration to support accessible tourism

    27.04.2015 The Written Declaration 015/2015 on accessible tourism which was launched on 27 April by several MEPs, including some of the Disability Intergroup, has now already been signed by more than half of the MEPs. This is will send a strong message in support of persons with disabilities in Europe. A written declaration is a text relating to a matter falling within the competence of the European Union. It is not a binding act of Parliament but it represents the views of the authors and signatories and it is significant because it can highlight certain issues on the political agenda so it is...
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  • European Parliament adopts Declaration on Accessible Tourism

    27.07.2015 EDF welcomes the adoption by the European Parliament of the Written Declaration 015/2015 on accessible tourism, which was launched last April by several MEPs, including Members of the Disability Intergroup. The declaration has been signed by more than 380 MEPs, showing Parliament’s strong commitment to persons with disabilities in Europe, to their right to mobility and equal access to tourism, leisure, transports and information. The declaration will now be sent to the European Commission. MEPs urge the Commission to raise awareness among stakeholders and economic operators on the need for...
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  • The Disability Intergroup discussed its priorities

    26.02.2015 The new, larger, Bureau of the European Parliament Disability Intergroup met for the first time at the end of February. In particular, MEPs discussed work priorities for 2015-2016. MEPs cooperated with EDF in setting the priorities below: UN CRPD EU review by the UN Committee; equal access to transport and to goods and services (European Accessibility Act, European disability card); anti-discrimination directive; revision of the European Disability Strategy; revision of the Europe 2020, European Semester and employment issues; Digital Single Market; international cooperation and post-2015...
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  • The Disability Intergroup elected its new Bureau

    15.01.2015 The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament held today its first meeting after its re-establishment. During the meeting, the whole Bureau of the Disability Intergroup was elected, and now consists of 4 co-presidents and 8 vice-presidents. This structure reflects the broad consensus among political Groups in favour of the rights of persons with disabilities. EDF will continue holding the secretariat of the Disability Intergroup and working in close cooperation with it. Co-presidents: Ádám Kósa (EPP, Hungary) Richard Howitt (S&D, UK) Helga Stevens (ECR, Belgium) Pablo Echenique...
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  • EDF Board meeting: local communities, refugees with disabilities & UK referendum on EU membership

    14.03.2016 In the weekend of 12-13 March, EDF Board meeting took place in Amsterdam hosted by our Dutch member, Ieder(in) , and supported by the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports. Representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities from all over Europe discussed, among others, the role of municipalities in implementing the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities and the upcoming UK referendum on EU membership. On the first day, there was a conference entitled “From global to local: Building...
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  • EDF & ORACLE E-Accessibility scholarship to computer science standout with disabilities

    13.03.2016 Supports development of mobile application to facilitate contact with caregivers, interpreters and assistants Last year, EDF joined forces with Oracle , an integrated cloud applications and platform services company, to promote accessibility within the ICT (information and communications technology) profession. Together, we offered an e-Accessibility Scholarship of 8,000 euros to higher education students with disabilities in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, user experience, among others. “We joined forces with Oracle, firstly to give recognition to outstanding...
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  • Equal access to web

    10.03.2016 Open letter from 20 civil society networks, representing consumers, older people and people from a range of representative organisations of persons with disabilities strongly oppose Council’s proposals to water down the Web Accessibility Directive Web accessibility means that everyone – including people with disabilities – can use the internet independently to browse, navigate and interact. In 2012, the European Commission released a proposal for a Web Directive on the accessibility of the public sector bodies' websites. The proposal has been discussed at the European Parliament and at the...
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