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  • European Court of Justice takes an important decision for employees with disabilities

    11.04.2013 On Thursday 11 April 2013, the European Court of Justice took an important judgment in Joined Cases C-335/11 and C-337/11 Ring and Skouboe Werge. "HK Danmark”, a Danish trade union, brought two actions for compensation on behalf of Ms Ring and Ms Skouboe Werge, because they were dismissed with a shortened notice period. HK Danmark claims that their employers were required to offer them a reduction in working hours because of their disability. The trade union also argues that the national legislation on the shortened notice period cannot apply to those two employees, since their absence...
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  • Web Accessibility Directive: this is what the Disability Movement expects

    11.03.2013 On 3 December 2012, the European Commission released a legislative proposal on the accessibility of public websites addressing public sector bodies’ websites, such as those of municipality services, those for income taxes declaration, job search services, education, health related services, etc. Having analysed and scrutinised the proposal, EDF presents its view on the proposal and its proposal for changes to make web accessibility a reality for 80 million of European citizens with disabilities. Despite the commitment taken by EU member States in Riga in 2006 and the ratification of the UN...
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  • EDF calls for equal rights for women & girls with disabilities

    08.03.2013 The International Women’s Day 2013 finds Europe at a stage where significant efforts have been made in terms of gender equality and empowerment of women in society. However, discrimination against women still exists and Europe often fails to protect the rights of its female citizens. Women with disabilities, in particular, have to deal with a double challenge: the discrimination they often face for their gender, and the discrimination they face due to their disability. On today’s occasion, EDF calls the EU to take measures to promote gender equality and to empower the active participation of...
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  • Web Accessibility in the heart of the Disability Movement’s meeting in Ireland

    24.02.2013 The right of persons with disabilities to have access on an equal basis with others to all information and communications technologies, including internet, is clearly laid down in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), that the EU has ratified. Nevertheless, up until now, only a limited percentage of public websites in the EU are fully accessible for persons with disabilities, while almost all private websites remain inaccessible. Last December, the European Commission released a legislative proposal on the accessibility of public bodies’ websites. In the...
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  • UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: it’s time for Ireland!

    24.02.2013 The European Disability Forum (EDF) and the Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) call on the Irish Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the implementation plan for the National Disability Strategy without any further delay. At the EDF board meeting, which took place on 23-24 February in Dublin, Ireland, hosting over 70 delegates from organisations representing persons with disabilities across Europe, the urgent need for Ireland to ratify the CRPD was considered. They noted the significant progress made by Ireland in adopting a...
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  • European Accessibility Act: this is what the Disability Movement expects!

    13.02.2013 In the framework of the EDF Top Campaign on the theme of “Freedom of Movement”, one of our objectives has been to promote the adoption of an ambitious and legally binding European Accessibility Act. In these terms, EDF welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to issue an Act and presents the views of the disability movement on this upcoming European Accessibility Act. The accessibility of goods and services is a key factor for the quality of life of persons with disabilities and a lot of work still remains to be done in order to achieve it. Persons with disabilities cannot fully enjoy...
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  • Last update! The Parisian Court of Appeal confirms EASYJET’S condemnation for the discrimination of the 3 disabled passengers

    06.02.2013 On 5 February 2013, the Court of Appeal of Paris confirmed the condemnation of the British low-cost airline Easy Jet for the discrimination of 3 disabled passengers in 2008 and 2009. The French organisation representing persons with disabilities, ‘Association des Paralysés de France (APF)' and EDF welcome this decision as a very important outcome to raise awareness of such incidents, as well as of the need to ensure full implementation of the EU regulations. The 3 three wheelchair-bound passengers were refused to board the company’s planes between November 2008 and January 2009. Examining...
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  • Roma, LGBT and Disability organisations stand together on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    27.01.2013 On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the European Roma and Travellers Forum (ERTF), European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), Roma Virtual Network (RVN), the European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA – Europe) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) call on national governments and inter-governmental organisations to ensure the safety of all minorities who are targets for Europe’s extremists. International Holocaust Remembrance Day reminds us of the millions of Roma, Jewish, homosexual, persons with disabilities, political opponents,...
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  • Towards better accessibility of transport services

    10.01.2013 EDF joins forces with AGE Platform Europe, Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) and European Passengers’ Federation (EPF) in order to express their common views on the upcoming European Accessibility Act. Representing a wide coalition of European organisations acting on behalf of the railway sector and the transport passengers, we would like to share our common views on the upcoming European Accessibility Act. We look forward to the European Accessibility Act as a key milestone to further improve the accessibility of goods and services to EU citizens, but also to...
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