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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...
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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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  • Explained: International cooperation and DPO's role

    20.09.2019 The following are international cooperation projects run by or with our members around the world. A recurring challenge when working with DPOs in developing countries is their small capacity and reliance on volunteer work for time-intensive processes such as application and report writing. Limitations in support from local government and institutions can result in disregarded agreements, and corruption by both national and international institutions may exacerbate difficulties. However, through a growing network of DPO cooperation, international partnerships are vectors of advocacy, capacity...
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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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  • Open letter: We want accessible and inclusive European Development Days

    04.09.2019 The annual European Development Days (EDD) organised by the European Commission in Brussels took place on the 18th and 19th of June. The aim of the conference is to bring the development community together to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. It is one of Europe’s biggest development conferences and it includes a participatory programme with 745 exhibitions, 860 sessions and around 66 500 participants. The overarching title for this year was “Addressing inequalities: building a world which leaves...
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  • Survey: Have your say on the European Union’s disability strategy

    04.09.2019 Are you a person with disabilities? A disability organisation? A policymaker involved in disability policy? The EU wants to hear from you! The European Commission is looking for information on the lives of persons with disabilities have changed in the last 10 years and what needs to be done to achieve full equality. The survey, which is available in 23 languages, will serve has feedback on the implementation of the current disability strategy, which runs until 2020: the bad, the good and what should have been done. It will also help develop the EU’s strategy for the next 10 years (2020-...
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  • Advocacy: Making Erasmus+ more inclusive

    30.08.2019 EDF urges the decision makers to make the new Eramus+ programme (2021-2027) inclusive both in theory and practice. In order to achieve an inclusive and accessible Erasmus + for all young people and beneficiaries, including those with fewer opportunities, here are proposals for improvement in four main areas: Inclusion: It is essential that the definitions used are in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), signed and ratified by the EU and all Member States Accessibility: Erasmus+ Programme must actively remove barriers to participation through...
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