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  • Romania: disability organisations condemn withholding of medical treatment to persons in residential institutions

    29.04.2020 8 organisations strongly condemned the discriminatory actions that Romanian authorities took in relation to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Sasca Mică psychiatric institution where 242 of the 369 residents and 59 of the 86 members of staff are infected.  In a letter sent today to the Romanian Prime Minister, Minister of Health and Minister of Labour and Social Protection the organisations stated that infected residents were isolated in a separate building instead of being hospitalized as is standard practice. The letter details that the institution does not have adequate medical equipment or...
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  • Joint statement: For a Europe that cares for all – during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond

    22.04.2020 For a Europe that cares for all – during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond Democracy - Inclusion - Justice- Solidarity - Sustainability 20 April 2020 The COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating all too well that unequal societies go hand-in-hand with human suffering, fragile economies and delicate democracies. Solidarity must be the bedrock of Europe’s response to this crisis: to fighting the pandemic and protecting all people, to managing the social and economic consequences, and to defending democracy. Solidarity goes beyond borders and should not be limited to European Union countries. This is...
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  • Act now: Ensure equal access and choice of communications services for persons with disabilities

    21.04.2020 Availability and affordability of accessible communications services has probably never been as crucial. The response to covid19 pandemic has demonstrated that lack of accessible communications services means that many persons with disabilities are not able to connect with others which can lead to poor mental health due to isolation and loneliness. Lack of accessible emergency communications is especially alarming as it puts the lives of many persons with disabilities at great risk. Today we launch the toolkit for transposition for the European Electronic Communications Code. This document...
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  • Report: EU countries fail to reduce poverty of persons with disabilities

    20.04.2020 We launched the fourth edition of our Human Rights Report (pdf) which looks at poverty and social exclusion of persons with disabilities in the EU. We found that 28.7% of persons with disabilities living in the EU are at risk of poverty. This number will likely grow in the aftermath of the pandemic. It highlights how EU countries have largely failed at reducing poverty faced by persons with disabilities, especially in the wake of the financial crisis. The situation has worsened since 2010 in Estonia, Luxembourg, Germany, Sweden, Ireland, Czechia, Lithuania, Italy, Netherlands, Malta and...
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  • EU funding for economic recovery must ensure social inclusion

    17.04.2020 We demand immediate earmarking of funding from the recently adopted European Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative and funding initiatives adopted as follow up to it. We also expect that more long term funding is secured from the EU Budget post-2020. We request financial measures to directly support persons with disabilities and to guarantee the sustainability of health and support services. We call for the inclusion of organisations of persons with disabilities in bodies created to plan economic recovery and extensive collection of data disaggregated by disability. Read our letter to EU...
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  • COVID-19 Resources

    16.04.2019 Easy to read information about Coronavirus in many languageson Inclusion Europe website.It will open in a new window.   Below is a list of links to resources on COVID-19 including our statements and open letters, what our members are up to, and information in accessible formats. Our demands to authorities Our open letters and statements Actions and responses of our members Recommendations on exit measures for transport services in light of COVID-19 Responses to our enquiry on persons with disabilities in prison and COVID-19 (doc) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on COVID-19 and...
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  • Disability expert Giampiero Griffo nominated to Italian COVID-19 government Taskforce

    14.04.2020 Article written by Luisa Bosiso Fazzi and edited by EDF secretariat.  The Italian presidency of the Council of Ministers  set up a task force of experts in economic and social matters to plan Phase 2 of the fight against the CODIV19 pandemic. Giampiero Griffo, a board member of the European Disability Forum, was appointed to the taskforce as an expert and coordinator of the Technical-Scientific Committee of the Observatory on the Condition of Persons with Disabilities.   The task force does not have a fixed end date and is composed of experts from various fields and disciplines. It is a lean...
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  • 45 MEPs: Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative must fund support services for persons with disabilities

    08.04.2020 In a letter addressed to European Commission President Von der Leyen and EU Council President Michel published today, Members of European Parliament demand that the Coronavirus Response Investment Initiative ensures funding for support and care services for persons with disabilities. It is signed by 45 MEPs from 17 countries and 7 political groups, including the Vice -President for Gender Equality and Diversity Dimitris Papadimoulis and the Chair of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee Lucia Nicholsonová. The letter calls attention to the alarming lack of funding for services that...
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  • EDF’s 10 recommendations to ensure the rights of victims with disabilities in the EU

    03.04.2020 To the break barriers faced by victims with disabilities, EDF calls for the adoption of an ambitious and inclusive EU strategy on victims’ rights (2020-2024). We welcome the commitment of the European Commission to protect the rights of victims in the European Union (EU) and its proposal for an EU Strategy on victims’ rights for 2020-2024, which in order to be effective must: Ensure participation of civil society in its design, implementation and monitoring, including victim support organisations and organisations of groups over-represented in victim groups, such as organisations of persons...
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  • Persons with disabilities stripped of community-based support and protective equipment during COVID 19 crisis

    03.04.2020 Joint Statement by European Disability Forum, European Network on Independent Living, European Deafblind Union Advice from governments, in light of COVID 19, has been for people to stay at home. For people belonging to high risk groups, including many persons with disabilities, the message to self-isolate and to stay at a distance from other people has been even clearer, or imposed by law. However, for millions of persons of disabilities that rely on professional assistance in their homes, this is an impossible situation. Often, the assistance needs to be given in close physical contact with...
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