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  • Agreement for cooperation with the International Union of Organizations of people with limited abilities

    15.11.2015 On 15 November 2015 in Berlin, Rodolfo Cattani, EDF Secretary , on behalf of EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis, and Vasilij Nazarenko, President of the International Union of Organizations of People with Limited Abilities (IU), signed an agreement for international cooperation on the implementation of the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)in the EU and its Member States, and in the member countries of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. EDF represents 80 million Europeans with disabilities through their representative...
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  • EDF statement on terrorist attacks in Paris

    14.11.2015 EDF is expressing its deep condolences to the people in France for the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris in the evening of 13th of November. Our thoughts are with all the innocent people who lost their lives, and the people who were injured, their families, friends and relatives as well as all those who were near these terrifying, horrific events. EDF expresses its strong support to its French members, the French National Council “Le Conseil Français des Personnes Handicapées pour les Questions Européennes - CFHE” and its Paris-based members, the European Blind Union (EBU), including all...
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  • Web Directive: every exclusion in the scope ultimately excludes persons with disabilities

    17.11.2015 EDF URGES MEMBER STATES DELEGATIONS TO RECONSIDER THEIR POSITION ON THE WEB DIRECTIVE EDF had access to the last document outlining the provisional position of the Council regarding the proposal for a web accessibility directive. The text is dated on 23 October and aims at stirring the discussion about the scope of the web directive in view of the meeting of the Member States delegations tomorrow. EDF would like to highlight some of the most worrying proposals and explain what these mean for persons with disabilities, and remind them that every aspect delegations exclude from the scope,...
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  • European Day 2015: tackling barriers for children & young people with disabilities

    08.12.2015 2016 ACCESS CITY IS MILAN On the occasion of the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 7-8 December the European Commission and EDF co-organised a two-day conference in Brussels with around 200 participants from all over Europe. The conference focused on the current situation of children and young people with disabilities and their access to education as a key factor for their participation in society. Participants of the conference included young people with disabilities, parents of children with disabilities, representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities, government...
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  • European Commission launched consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy

    23.12.2015 Yesterday, the European Commission launched the online public consultation on the mid-term review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. This consultation will be open until Friday 18 March 2016. This Strategy provides a roadmap for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), to which the European Union is a party. It has identified 8 main areas for action at EU level: accessibility participation equality employment education and training social protection health external action Citizens, organisations, public authorities,...
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  • How can accessible technology support independent living?

    03.03.2016 On 1 March 2015, EDF and Google organised a special event focusing on “Accessible technology for independent living”. The event took place at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Evelyne Gehardt and supported by Debating Europe who organised a debate in the end of the event with representatives from EDF, Google and the European Commission responding to questions from an online debate published on Debating Europe’s website, as well as from the audience in the room. EDF was represented by its Secretary, Rodolfo Cattani, who underlined: “Accessible technology is beneficial for everyone, not...
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  • EDF responds to the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

    01.04.2016 On 23 December 2015, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the review of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The Strategy aims to remove barriers to inclusion of persons with disabilities and identifies 8 main areas for action at EU level: Accessibility, Participation, Equality, Employment, Education and Training, Social Protection, Health and External Action. EDF submitted its position on the review of the Strategy. EDF welcomed the European Commission’s initiative to take stock of the impact of the Strategy. We strongly believe that this exercise should be part...
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  • Agreement on the Web Accessibility Directive

    14.03.2016 EDF welcomes the agreement reached last night among the EU institutions (Parliament, Council and Commission) on the proposed Directive on web accessibility. It is a crucial milestone to achieve an inclusive digital society, in which 80 million persons with disabilities will be able to participate on equal basis with others. Public websites and apps should no longer exclude anyone. Based on the article of MEP Dita Charanzová, Parliament’s rapporteur of the web accessibility Directive, and the Commission’s press release, EDF is delighted to announce that the main demands and expectations of...
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  • A new strategy for persons with disabilities

    17.05.2016 Today, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a hearing on “A new strategy for persons with disabilities in Europe”. The hearing brought together representative organisations of persons with disabilities, specialised government agencies and EU institutions. EDF and several of its members presented their views on the development of a new strategy to promote, protect and monitor the rights of persons with disabilities in the EU. In 2015, the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities addressed a series of recommendations ("Concluding observations") to the EU,...
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  • What does it take to tackle inequalities and to leave no one behind?

    03.12.2015 On 3rd December 2015, the European Union (EU) celebrated the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in the framework of the European Year for Development. The aim of the one-day conference was to answer the question, if the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to be fully inclusive of persons with disabilities then what practical steps do we need to take now? The conference, which took place in Brussels, was attended by almost one hundred participants representing the EU Institutions, EU Member States, organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs), and other civil society...
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