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  • EU countries must nominate candidates to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    05.03.2020 We are deeply concerned that neither the European Union (EU) nor EU countries have nominated candidates to the upcoming elections of independent experts to the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Committee is an United Nations expert body that monitors the rights of persons with disabilities across the world. While the EU and all its member states have shown unprecedented leadership in human rights by taking part in negotiations and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we now need to ensure the Committee includes EU based experts to...
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  • Joint letter calling for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the next EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024

    04.03.2020 To: Ms Helga Maria Schmid, Secretary-General European External Action Service (EEAS) CC Lotte Knudsen Managing Director, Human Rights, Global & Multilateral Issues (EEAS) Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality Josep Borrell High Representative of the Union for Foreign Policy and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission RE: Joint letter calling for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the next EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy 2020-2024 Dear Ms Helga Maria Schmid, We would like to acknowledge the strong commitment by the European Union (EU) to...
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  • Outcomes of EDF Board meeting

    04.03.2020 Feb 29th and March 1st The board meeting was preceded by a reception and a conference on international cooperation. We welcomed a new member: EURORDIS, an alliance of patient organisations representing 894 rare disease patient organisations in 72 countries. We launched our toolkit for DPOs on working with Refugees with Disabilities The Board adopted EDF’s Social Media Policy. The Board decided the theme of our 6th human rights report (due 2021): access to justice Our next Human Rights Report will be on political participation (5th edition, scheduled for 2020. The Board agreed on a public...
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  • Highlight: EDF events advocating for inclusive international cooperation by the EU

    04.03.2020 During the last week of February 2020, we warmly welcomed the Executive members of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) for a week of events and meetings in Brussels. This included a high level meeting with representatives of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, an evening reception to present our new Guidance note on the role of European DPOs in international cooperation and a joint conference with IDA entitled “Inclusive international cooperation: Making it a reality!” on the 29 February. Reception “Role of European...
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  • Don’t compromise the right of persons with disabilities to train travel

    03.03.2020 Dear colleague MEP Mr Boguslaw Liberadzki, We are writing to you in your quality as rapporteur of the revision of the EU Rail Passenger Rights’ Regulation. As members of the European Parliament’s Disability Intergroup, we call on you not to compromise the European Parliament’s position regarding pre-notification for assistance for persons with reduced mobility (amendment 101, Article 24 (1) a). The Council’s proposal for this provision was seen as extremely negative by several disability rights organisations and represents a step backwards for the rights of persons with disabilities. It is...
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  • Successful meeting with the European Commission to advance disability inclusion in international development

    29.02.2020 On 28 February 2020, members of the Executive Committee of the International Disability Alliance (IDA) as well as the European Disability Forum (EDF) met with representatives from the European Commission's Directorate-General responsible for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO). Representatives from DG DEVCO included the Deputy Director-General, Marjeta Jager, as well as officials from the thematic and geographic directorates, representing a wide portfolio (budget, civil society, Africa, social protection, employment). They were: Doerthe Bosse (social protection), Camilla...
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  • Toolkit: how can disability organisations support inclusion of refugees and migrants with disabilities

    29.02.2020 We are launching the EDF toolkit on inclusion of refugees and migrants with disabilities which provides information and practical guidance on this topic to organisations of persons with disabilities. This toolkit is a continuation of our efforts to advocate for a human-rights based approach to migration. The toolkit was developed due to our members’ interest and commitment to fight for the rights of refugees and migrants with disabilities. The toolkit includes: A brief background about the situation of refugees and migrants Good practices and ideas on how to include the voices of refugees...
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  • Making public procurement disability-Inclusive: learning space by Bridging the Gap

    27.02.2020 On the 27th February, EDF attended an event organised by the EU project Bridging the Gap. The event was a learning space, which focused on disability-inclusive procurement. Universally designed products and services, including new technologies, can be a great enabler to overcome the barriers that persons with disabilities face everyday. In fact, it is clear that public money must be spent to include everyone. Inclusive procurement gives also concrete opportunities for specific and measurable progress on disability. In Europe, public procurement is a big business, with about 17% of the EU GDP...
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  • Call for tenders: printing of EDF 4th Human Rights Report

    25.02.2020 EDF is looking for a service provider based in the EU for the printing of our 80-page 4th Human Rights report. The successful provider should print 200 copies of the report in recycled with embossed braille markers and qr code, Print-ready version of the report Timeline It should be delivered, at maximum,15 days after start of work Requirements Should have experience in correct braille markings Should be registered in a European Union country. Please send a quote including justification of experience with braille embossing and a price quote to andre.felix@edf-feph.org until 3 March...
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  • Did EU know series: Council Presidencies

    20.02.2020 What is this “Council” we talk about? Not so easy to explain in the EU context where you have two institutions and another important organisation having the word “Council” in the title! In this article, we refer to the Council of the EU, which was formerly known as “Council of Ministers”, and which represents the Member States (EU countries)as well as being an EU institution. It meets in different policy-related configurations. For example, the Transport Council is the Ministers of Transport from all EU Member States, and they adopt laws and coordinate policies. 3 quick facts about the...
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