The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), one of our Zero Project partner, is launching a new Campaign ‘EU Funds for Our Rights‘, tomorrow 8 November during an event in the European Parliament hosted by MEPs Helga Stevens and Marek Plura.

The Campaign, supported by the Open Society Foundations – Mental Health Initiative, aims to advocate for a better monitoring and complaints system for the use of EU funds in relation to transition from institutional care to community living for disabled people. It will focus on the role of ESIFs in supporting the right to live independently and being included in the community, set out in Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

During the coming year, the Campaign will build the capacity of local NGOs, identify gaps in the monitoring and complaints systems and raise awareness among the European Commission and the Member States about the importance of using EU funds to support the development of community-based alternatives to institutional care.