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  • Disability Intergroup: challenges and opportunities ahead

    26.01.2017 The European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Parliament Disability Intergroup and the Social Platform co-organised a New Year reception on January 23rd, hosted by the Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Marek Plura. This was the first public gathering during EDF’s 20 year anniversary celebration, which takes place in 2017. To mark this 20 year anniversary, EDF will campaign for a comprehensive implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in the European Union (EU). MEP Marek Plura, Vice-Chair of the Disability intergroup, opened the event by...
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  • Maltese Presidency supports a strong Accessibility Act

    24.01.2017 At the meeting of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament on 19 January in Strasbourg, the European Accessibility Act, a proposal for a law that can potentially improve the accessibility of products and services sold in the EU, was high on the agenda. EDF was represented by Mr Yannis Yallouros, member of the Executive committee. Mr Yallouros presented the views of EDF in the meeting, and explained many ways in which the Accessibility Act can become a strong piece of legislation, assisting Member States in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with...
    Member of the European Parliament, Helga Stevens and Adam Kosa, are discussing the European Accessibility Act with the Member of EDF Executive Committee, Yannis Yallouros
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  • Disability Intergroup MEPs & EDF agree on 2017 priorities

    11.01.2017 New disability rights agenda, mainstreaming disability rights in all EU policies and access to political participation at the heart of the discussion 2017 is an important year with many challenges ahead but also with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the European Disability Forum (EDF): 20 years of fighting for human rights, inclusion and participation. We started the year by discussing the priorities of the next period with the leadership of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament. The future of Europe, the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the...
    Group photo of EDF Executive Committee members and Staff with the the Co-Presidents of Disability Intergroup Helga Stevens and Adam Kosa and the Vice-President Marek Plura
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  • New work programme 2017-2019 for the Disability Intergroup

    15.12.2016 The Bureau of the Disability intergroup of the European Parliament had its last meeting of the year. During the meeting, the MEPs of the Disability Intergroup adopted the work programme for the period of 2017-2019 and a calendar for 2017 with precise dates and topics for the Disability Intergroup meetings in 2017. Upcoming meetings in January 2017: Thursday 19 January, Strasbourg: meeting on the European Accessibility Act Monday 23 January, Brussels: New Year cocktail In addition, MEPs discussed the replacement of the former co-Chair of the Disability Intergroup, MEP Richard Howitt, who...
    Logo of the Disability Intergroup
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  • ‘Co-operation is needed to improve situation for refugees with disabilities’

    08.12.2016 EDF President Yannis Vardakastanis, participated in the event “Embracing Diversity” organised by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva on 6 December. Marking the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the event strengthened the dialogue between UNHCR and organisations working to promote active participation for persons with disabilities. EDF considers the cooperation with UNHCR crucial in order to find ways to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities in the population of refugees and asylum seekers. Yannis Vardakastanis...
    Boat with refugees
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  • New 'Accessibility Guide' on the needs of persons with disabilities using public transport

    05.12.2016 To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), IRU (World's Road Transport organisation) and EDF jointly publish an 'Accessibility Guide' to improve customer service for persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility. The publication aims to show that service quality and inclusiveness are of paramount importance for the public transport sector. The guide is one of the initiatives that we are undertaking to raise awareness amongst staff about the barriers still existing to a fully inclusive...
    Cover of the Accessibility Guide
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  • Leave no one behind on the path to Sustainable Development

    03.12.2016 Since 1992, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been celebrated annually on 3 December around the world. At the European level, we mark this time annually through the European Day of Persons with disabilities. This year’s conference took place on 29-30 November in Brussels with the theme: ‘Marking 10 years since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities’. Internationally, the theme of 3rd of December this year is 'Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want'. The UN adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and EDF has reported...
    Group of persons with disabilities and persons without disabilities in Haiti
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  • European Parliament Political Groups leaders agree on strong actions to support disability rights

    01.12.2016 Two days before the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), EDF met with Presidents and top politicians of the main Political Groups in the European Parliament. Josef Weidenholzer (S&D Group Vice-President), Sabine Verheyen (EPP Coordinator in the Committee on Culture and Education), Syed Kamall (President of the ECR Group), Gabriele Zimmer (President of the GUE/NGL Group) and  Ulrike Lunacek (Vice-President of the European Parliament, Greens/EFA) renewed the commitment of their Political Groups to support the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe, three years...
    Group photo of EDF President with the EP Political Groups leaders.
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  • European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016: CRPD implementation cannot be business as usual

    29.11.2016 This year’s European Day of Persons with Disabilities marks the 10th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). This has been the focus of the 2-day conference organised by the European Commission and EDF on 29-30 November 2016. The conference gathered together around 400 participants including people with disabilities and their representative organisations, associations and companies working to improve the life of people with disabilities, government representatives, EU institutions representatives, academics and many others. Together...
    Photo of the 2nd day of the conference
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  • Co-production for quality of services and quality of life

    26.11.2016 On 23 November 2016, EDF co-organised an event with the European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR). The event was entitled 'Co-production for quality of services and quality of life' and focused on how co-production relates to empowerment, what co-production looks like in practice, on what are the barriers to empowering co-production practices and how they can be overcome. The event launched a study on co-production in services for people with disabilities published by EPR in collaboration with the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL). The study analyses good practices from EPR...
    The participants of the event
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