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  • EDF met Commissioner Thyssen on the UN’s Human Rights Recommendations

    29.10.2015 Today, EDF Executive Committee met the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen and engaged in an open and constructive dialogue on the rights of persons with disabilities. The meeting was timely since in August the EU was reviewed for the first time by the UN Committee on the work it has done to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Therefore, the discussion focused on the Concluding Observations that that UN has addressed to the EU and the next steps towards their implementation. The Commissioner...
    EDF Director, Catherine Naughton, EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis and Commissioner Marianne Thyssen
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  • Human rights of refugees and the situation of refugees with disabilities

    01.11.2015 The disability movement from all over Europe met in Brussels Representatives of organisations of persons with disabilities from across Europe gathered together this weekend in Brussels for EDF’s Board meeting. The meeting focused on the UN’s recommendations to the EU on how it should better implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A special focus was also given to the refugee crisis and persons with disabilities including women and children. “The EU is confronted with a serious economic and migration crisis but that should not serve as an excuse for the...
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  • ETF campaign to keep on-board staff on trains

    03.11.2015 In many European countries the number of trains with on-board personnel decreases. This affects the quality of services and safety of the passengers, including passengers with disabilities.The European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) is launching a campaign to keep on-board staff on European trains and EDF is supporting them in their effort. For EDF, spontaneous and independent rail travel is of course the goal that we are striving to achieve. But until this is a reality, EDF recognises the important role that on-board staff has in assisting all passengers, including passengers with...
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  • 10.000 persons with disabilities in Greece against the crisis

    04.11.2015 Source: ENIL On 4 November, after the call of the National Confederation of Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), around 10.000 disabled people and their supporters gathered in the center of Athens, Greece, to protest about the impact of the crisis on disabled persons’ lives in Greece. In this huge nation-wide rally, people came from all parts of the country, many disability organisations were represented. There were also representatives from other organisations that were supporting the cause, some members of the parliament and other political figures. All together, they raised their voices,...
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  • How can persons with disabilities be active citizens?

    10.11.2015 The findings of DISCIT project were discussed at its final conference in Brussels On 9-10 November, the DISCIT project held its final conference to discuss the results of its 3-year research about active citizenship for persons with disabilities. Researchers from the project, EDF as partner of the project and other civil society organisations, leading scholars in the field, and various policy makers, gathered in the Norway Mission to the EU in Brussels to discuss the potential impact of the project’s findings on EU social policies. DISCIT project has run from February 2013 and it will...
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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...
    EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis speaking at the conference
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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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