Main conclusions of EDF Board Meeting November 2018

19 November 2018

The European Disability Forum held its board meeting in Vienna, Austria on the 17 and 18 of November. It was preceded by an event on Artificial Intelligence, which joined important technology companies and disability activists. The board meeting was hosted by the Austrian Disability Forum and the Austrian Presidency of the EU.

 These are the highlights/

  1. We launched our campaign towards the next EU elections in May 2019: the #DisabilityVote campaign. Sign the petition here. Check the campaign here
  2. We welcomed two new members: Leonard Cheshire Disability and the Norwegian Association of Youth with Disabilities.
  3. The EDF Board adopted a resolution on the provisional agreement of the European Accessibility Act. It states that EDF is disappointed as the text falls short of key provisions, but acknowledges that there were achievements, especially in the area of e-accessibility and the digital single market. It adds that Member States need to go above and beyond the minimum obligations imposed by the Act.
  4. We adopted a policy against harassment.
  5. The EDF Board discussed the ongoing advocacy on the next EU budget (also known as the  Multi Annual Financial Framework) 2021-2027. EDF is campaigning for the entire EU budget to be disability-inclusive.  Follow our work on the next EU Multi Annual Financial Framework.  
  6. The EDF Board adopted a resolution on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the European Union.
  7. We held a conference on disability statistics, which gathered global and European Statistics experts. During the meeting, many speakers advocated the use of the Washington Group set of questions in every EU country and by Eurostat. We will follow up the conference soon with a special newsletter
  8. The EDF board discussed the latest General Comment of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which focused on participation of persons with disabilities in the implementation and monitoring of the Convention. It was agreed that a further discussion will be held at the board meeting in March.
  9. We shared our work on the Sustainable Development Goals and the 4 new projects on international cooperation that resulted from it, such has the Catalyst program.
  10. The EDF Board reviewed key successes in 2018 and gave input to the priority areas of activity for 2019.

The Human Rights Committee, the Social Policy Committee and the ICT expert group also held specialized meetings during these days.

The next board meeting will take place on the 23rd and 24th March 2019, in Bucharest, Romania.

You can view some photos of the event here.


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