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  • Did EU know? European Semester

    05.12.2019 The European Semester is a cycle of primarily economic and fiscal policy coordination within the EU. However, it has recently begun to focus on social policy too. The recent increase in focus on social policies (which in 2019 included recommendations on the use of EU funds through the inclusion of an Annex D), is what has boosted our interest in the process. The EU does not have an exclusive competence in most areas of social policy, such as employment, education, health, social protection, independent living etc. This means that decisions in these areas are still taken by individual...
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  • Conference: Ana Pelaez at FEMM Committee meeting

    04.12.2019 The European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (also called FEMM Committee) is a specialised group of Members of the European Parliament which addresses issues relevant of Women’s Rights and to advance Gender Equality. They meet once or twice a month in Brussels. Our Vice-President Ana Peláez was a panellist at their 4 December meeting, which addressed the future EU gender equality strategy. This strategy will establish the priority areas where the EU will work for gender equality. In the meeting, Ana reiterated the need to explicitly address the problems that...
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  • Statement: We demand strong action to reduce poverty of persons with disabilities in EU

    03.12.2019 Situation has gotten worse in many countries since 2010 Mathieu was deported from the UK to France because he was a “undue burden”. Luminita didn’t receive an education and was withheld wages. Victoria was fired because of her disability. More than 1 in 4 (28.7%) persons with disabilities live in poverty today. In 11 countries more persons with disabilities live in poverty today than 10 years ago. This is why today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we launched a statement calling on the EU and EU countries to take strong action to reduce poverty. We specifically call on...
    Map with increased risk of poverty and social exclusion for persons with disabilities in percentage points by Member State”  Coloured Yellow for countries with <5 percentage points increase (Greece 1 percentage points, Italy 4.5 percentage points, Slovakia 4.9 percentage points); Orange for countries with 5-15 percentage points, darker colour: Spain 7 percentage points, Netherlands 8.5 percentage points, Romania 8.4 percentage points, France 6.7 percentage points, Luxembourg 9.9 percentage points, Austria 7
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  • Council’s general approach to Rail Passenger’s Rights revision is unacceptable

    02.12.2019 The general approach agreed by the Council on the Rail Passenger’s Rights Regulation does not improve on the already weak rights of passengers with reduced mobility. Pre-notification for receiving assistance at railway stations would remain 48 hours Assistance would only have to be provided when staff is present, even if trains are arriving and departing earlier or later Requirements for staff training would not be improved It is deeply disappointing to see that EU countries are putting the interest of train companies ahead of the rights of train passengers, despite our campaigning and EU...
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  • EDF launches Guidance Note on the Role of DPOs in International Cooperation

    02.12.2019 EDF’s new Guidance Note on “The Role of European organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in International Cooperation” was launched in Oslo, Norway on Monday 2 November 2019 at a Round-table Dialogue titled “Leaving No One Behind – European DPOs engaged in International Cooperation”. The objective of EDF’s guidance note is to document for the first time the experience of European DPOs in international cooperation. There is a focus on the role of DPOs in the global north and in particular, in Europe, based on the experience and the roles played by EDF, its members and partners. This...
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  • EDF Women's Committee: Raising the voice of women at the EDPD

    29.11.2019 The Women’s Committee of EDF met a day before the European Day of Persons with Disabilities in Brussels to discuss achievements of 2019 and activities for 2020. Before the meeting, they shared lunch with the Executive of the European Women’s Lobby at EDF office. In their afternoon meetings, members shared the activities taking place in their countries and agreed that there is an important need to continue raising the perspective of women and girls with disabilities at all levels. 2020 will be an important year. At the global level, the Committee will lead EDF involvement in the review of the...
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  • EDF representatives visit Indian DPOs as part of EU funded project

    28.11.2019 From the 19th to 22rd November 2019, delegates from EDF met with DPO representatives working at grassroots level in India, more specifically in the State of Rajasthan, supported by Sightsavers India and other project partners. This visit was part of the European Commission supported project ‘Building Partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals: Empowering Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs)’. This was a fantastic opportunity to receive information on the progress made at grassroots level by DPOs and learn more about the positive impact the project has had for the daily of persons with...
    EDF, DPO and government representatives planting a tree in front of Resource Centre in Dungarpur, 22/11/2019
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  • How many persons with disabilities live in the EU?

    28.11.2019 The most current and accurate estimate points at over 100 million persons with disabilities living in the European Union, which includes 99 million persons according to the EU-SILC survey of 2016 and 1 million persons estimated to be segregated in residential institutions and therefore not represented in the survey. Problems with estimates Due to the lack of disaggregated and comparative census data we can only provide estimates. Some EU countries do not ask about disability in their census, and among those who do, there are different questions and ways of establishing disabilities. We...
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  • 5 reasons why the EU should ratify the Istanbul Convention

    25.11.2019 On the World Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we are calling on the European Union (EU) and its countries to protect all women and girls with disabilities from violence and abuse, including forced sterilization by ratifying the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. Violence against women threatens the security of half of the population in the EU, affecting over 250 million women and girls, having life-long implications for their physical and mental health. Women with disabilities are 2 to 5 times more likely to be...
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  • Did EU know? Council Documents

    25.11.2019 As we mentioned in one of our previous articles in the "Did EU know..." series, the Council of the European Union (short "the Council") is not the most transparent of the three main EU institutions. In contrary, it can be a real chore to find the relevant documents and information about the status of the negotiations. We often compare the Council to a "black hole" - as long as the Commission and the Parliament are concerned, the information is public and relatively easy to access. But as soon as the decision-making procedure reaches the stage of the Council, things get more difficult and we...
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