“In times of crisis – economic, migration, human rights crisis – nobody should be left or forgotten behind”, stated EDF President, Yannis Vardakastanis (Brussels, 29th of December).
Just like the Zero Project, the European Disability Forum (EDF) is engaging for policies improving the rights and life of persons with disabilities. Three weeks ago, EDF met with the European Commission in order to talk about the concluding observations from the United Nations to the European Union on the implementation of the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
European Commissioner Marianne Thyssen declared that the rights of persons with disabilities are included in the European Commission agenda, in particular on employment and education, fight against poverty and accessibility.
Two actions gave weight to her declaration:
– A new European Accessibility Act will be discussed on the December 2nd, with a possible publication for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3rd December).
– The Commission could suspend European funds in case Member States do not respect the conditions agreed in the regulations.