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  • Parliament and Council co-sign the Work-Life Balance Directive

    20.06.2019 On 13 June the Council of the EU’s Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) adopted the Directive on work-life balance. On the 20th of June, the European Parliament and the Council are co-signing the Directive. It is expected that the Directive will be published in the Official Journal of the EU in the next 3-5 weeks. The Directive will enter into force 21 days after its publication in the Official Journal. Pushing for effective transposition NGOs are now focusing on ensuring a strong implementation of the Directive in the Member States. EDF has joined a...
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  • Successful contribution of EDF to the European Development Days (EDD)

    20.06.2019 European Development Days (EDD), organised by the European Commission took place in Brussels on the 18th and 19th of June. The aim of the conference is to bring the development community together each year to share ideas and experiences in ways that inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. It is one of Europe’s biggest development conferences and it includes a participatory programme, with 745 exhibitions, 860 sessions and around 66 500 participants. The overarching title for this year was “Addressing inequalities: building a world which...
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  • Conference: Smart Travel - Partnership and technology making European Travel more accessible

    01.06.2019 What was the meeting about? This conference explored two main ideas regarding accessible travel that creates a more sustainable Europe. First it aimed to discuss how transport providers work with people with disabilities and their organizations to make their services more accessible as well as areas of improvement. Secondly, it asked what opportunities are offered by digitalisation to make travel more accessible for persons with disabilities. The conference identified future trends, risks and opportunities and also laid the basis for future cooperation between the disability movement,...
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  • Our analysis of the European Accessibility Act

    07.06.2019 The European Accessibility Act was published today in the Offical Journal of the EU (read it in your language). Now starts the transposition period (3 years) when national governments need to "translate" the Act into national law. To help with this, we publish today our analysis of the Act. Read the full analysis (Word) Deutsche version (Word) The Act The European Accessibility Act is a landmark agreement reached after decade-long campaigning by the European disability movement. The Act will set new EU-wide minimum accessibility requirements for a limited range of products and services. The...
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  • European Semester - what are Commission's recommendations on disability?

    06.06.2019 On the 5th June, the European Commission released its Country Specific Recommendations to all 28 Member States as part of the European Semester process. The European Semester is a cycle of primarily economic and fiscal policy coordination within the EU, although it has recently begun to focus on social policy too. Its focus is on the 6-month period from the beginning of each year, hence its name - the 'semester'.  A key part of this process is the release of the Country Specific Recommendations, outlining the European Commission’s view of what Member States must do better. So, how successful...
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  • Compilation of statements opposing the draft protocol to the Oviedo Convention of the Council of Europe

    06.06.2019 This compilation is not exhaustive and provide the most recent submissions and declarations related to the opposition to the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention. Coalition of organisations of persons with disabilities and service providers Handout “#WithdrawOviedo Forced treatment and placement violate rights of people with disabilities and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities” (2018) Open letter to the Council of Europe’s Secretary General regarding the draft additional protocol to the Oviedo Convention (2018) Human Rights Watch (2018) “...
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  • Stairs, locked doors, and wrong templates: EU Elections still inaccessible

    05.06.2019 When Sarah Rennie arrived at the polling station, she was met with locked doors and a broken bell. That’s because Sarah could not enter through the main entrance, as it was not step free. This is just one of the many examples of inaccessible voting that the European Disability Forum collected after the elections. The truth is that, while these European Elections have shown huge improvements in terms of voting for persons with disabilities (with persons with intellectual disabilities being able to vote in for the first time in France, Denmark and Germany and second time in Spain), legal and...
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  • European Elections, European Semester, Smart travel and the CEDAW: European Disability Forum’s General Assembly explained

    05.06.2019 Around 200 participants gathered in Brussels on the 1 and 2 June for the European Disability Forum’s General Assembly. It was preceded by the conference “Smart travel: Partnership and technology making European travel more accessible” and followed by a workshop on how to engage with the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women to promote the rights of women and girls with disabilities, attended by around 50 people. The events were livestreamed to an audience of around 200 people, with interpretation in international sign and real time captioning (watch Day 1 here; watch day...
    View of the plenary from the back shows full room with no available seats
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  • Second visit of Indian DPOs in Brussels

    05.06.2019 It was a pleasure for EDF to organise and host the second visit of local Indian organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs) in Brussels, Belgium. The Indian delegation, comprised of 6 members, visited the EU capital from the 1st to the 4th of June (coinciding with our Annual General Assembly) as part of the project “Building Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Empowering Organisations of Persons with Disabilities”. This is a 3-year project funded by the EU and implemented by Sightsavers India and in collaboration with EDF.  On this occasion, we had the pleasure to...
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  • European Disability Movement calls for reestablishment of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament

    04.06.2019 Representatives of disability organisations active across the European Union approved a resolution calling for the reestablishment of the Intergroup following the European Elections. The resolution was approved during the European Disability Forum's General Assembly, that took place on 1-2 June. The resolution reads: Calling for the re-establishment of the Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament Stressing that there are 80 million persons with disabilities in the EU, representing 15% of the total population of whom the European Parliament must represent and pass legislation that...
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