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  • Debate: European Parliament debates the Disability Strategy post 2020

    16.12.2019 Tomorrow, 17 December at 15 hours (Brussels time), the European Parliament will debate the EU Disability Strategy post 2020. The discussion can be followed through the livestream of the plenary. You can read here a parliamentary question on the subject
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  • Open letter: An inclusive Green Deal must include accessible environments

    13.12.2019 To: Frans Timmermans Executive Vice-President for the European Green Deal European Commission Climate Change is an existential threat to everyone and even more so for persons with disabilities. Therefore, we are happy that the European Commission is proposing an EU Green Deal, which also acknowledges the social dimension of sustainability. We are however concerned that the EU Green Deal will not sufficiently ensure the inclusion of persons with disabilities, especially in terms of accessibility of buildings and transport as well as of all urban mobility related areas such as public spaces....
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  • Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli meets with European Disability Forum

    13.12.2019 On Thursday, the 12 December, representatives of the European Disability Forum met with Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli. Commissioner Dalli took office at the beginning of December.   Our delegation stressed the importance to achieve equal rights for persons with disabilities across the world, including over 100 million persons with disabilities living in the EU. We briefed the Commissioner on the priorities of the disability movement, including: Moving the European Commission’s focal point on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to the Secretariat-General...
    Yannis Vardakastanis shakes hands with Hellena Dalli
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  • Report: Shaping the EU agenda for disability rights 2020-2030

    13.12.2019 Terms and acronyms DG - Directorate General EC - European Commission Council - European Council EP - European Parliament CRPD - Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has issued an opinion on the 2020-2030 Disability Strategy. An ‘opinion’ is a consultative report from the EESC to EU institutions. This one was authored by our president Ioannis Vardakastanis. The main points can be summarized as follows: Set up Disability Focal Points (DFP) in all DGs, agencies and EU institutions with the central DFP within the general...
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  • We are moving!

    11.12.2019 The European Disability Forum is moving! Tomorrow, 12 December, we are leaving our offices in 35 Square de Meeus (where we were for almost 10 years). From tomorrow on, you will find us at Avenue des Arts 7– 8, B-1210 Bruxelles third floor. You can see how to reach our new address in our website . Our phone numbers will be disconnected Our current phone contract was discontinued so we will be without phone numbers for a couple of days. We will share our new phone numbers next week. Contact us by e-mail in the meantime.
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  • Honoring Erasmus father Domenico Lenarduzzi

    10.12.2019 It is with great sorrow that we learned of the death of Domenico Lenarduzzi, ex-Director General for Education at the European Commission and considered by many the “father” of the ERASMUS programme. As person with disabilities himself, Domenico paid special attention to the mobility of students with disabilities. Albert Prévos, our Executive Committee Member said; I remember someone with immense human qualities, a visionary who was rightly convinced that in order to build Europe we must first give people, especially young people, the opportunity and means to meet each other. Through...
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  • Did EU know? European Semester

    05.12.2019 The European Semester is a cycle of primarily economic and fiscal policy coordination within the EU. However, it has recently begun to focus on social policy too. The recent increase in focus on social policies (which in 2019 included recommendations on the use of EU funds through the inclusion of an Annex D), is what has boosted our interest in the process. The EU does not have an exclusive competence in most areas of social policy, such as employment, education, health, social protection, independent living etc. This means that decisions in these areas are still taken by individual...
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  • Hearing: Ana Pelaez speaks about women with disabilities at the European Parliament

    04.12.2019 The European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (also called FEMM Committee) is a specialised group of Members of the European Parliament which addresses issues relevant of Women’s Rights and to advance Gender Equality. They meet once or twice a month in Brussels. Our Vice-President Ana Peláez was a panellist at their 4 December meeting, which addressed the future EU gender equality strategy. This strategy will establish the priority areas where the EU will work for gender equality. In the meeting, Ana reiterated the need to explicitly address the problems that...
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  • Statement: We demand strong action to reduce poverty of persons with disabilities in EU

    03.12.2019 Situation has gotten worse in many countries since 2010 Mathieu was deported from the UK to France because he was a “undue burden”. Luminita didn’t receive an education and was withheld wages. Victoria was fired because of her disability. More than 1 in 4 (28.7%) persons with disabilities live in poverty today. In 11 countries more persons with disabilities live in poverty today than 10 years ago. This is why today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we launched a statement calling on the EU and EU countries to take strong action to reduce poverty. We specifically call on...
    Map with increased risk of poverty and social exclusion for persons with disabilities in percentage points by Member State”  Coloured Yellow for countries with <5 percentage points increase (Greece 1 percentage points, Italy 4.5 percentage points, Slovakia 4.9 percentage points); Orange for countries with 5-15 percentage points, darker colour: Spain 7 percentage points, Netherlands 8.5 percentage points, Romania 8.4 percentage points, France 6.7 percentage points, Luxembourg 9.9 percentage points, Austria 7
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  • Council’s general approach to Rail Passenger’s Rights revision is unacceptable

    02.12.2019 The general approach agreed by the Council on the Rail Passenger’s Rights Regulation does not improve on the already weak rights of passengers with reduced mobility. Pre-notification for receiving assistance at railway stations would remain 48 hours Assistance would only have to be provided when staff is present, even if trains are arriving and departing earlier or later Requirements for staff training would not be improved It is deeply disappointing to see that EU countries are putting the interest of train companies ahead of the rights of train passengers, despite our campaigning and EU...
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