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EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT COMMITTEE ON CULTURE WEAKENS THE ACCESSIBILITY ACT


On 13 July, the Culture Committee of the European Parliament voted to remove Audiovisual Media Services, including TV programmes, and e-books from the European Accessibility Act meaning that they do not need to be accessible. The Committee approved the proposal of its responsible Rapporteur on the Act, Petra Kammerevert MEP (S&D) and the European People's Party’s spokesperson in this Committee Sabine Verheyen MEP, which significantly limits the scope of the Act.
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BREXIT: THE FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IS A COMMON STRUGGLE

It is with regret that we recognise that UK citizens voted for the UK to leave the European Union (EU) with a majority of 52%. EDF recognises the democratic right of British people to decide freely on this issue, but we strongly believe that a common EU human rights agenda is better achieved together. The tone of the UK campaign, which was characterised by a divisive public debate on migration, reminds us of what is at stake and what we need to fight for, within a strong EU: common values of non discrimination, human rights and freedom of movement.
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NEW DISABILITY AGENDA AGREED BY THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

On 7 July 2016, during the European Parliament’s plenary debate in Strasbourg, a huge majority of Members of the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission and the EU Council to fully implement the UN’s recommendations.
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MARRAKESH TREATY ENTERS INTO FORCE SEPTEMBER TO FACILITATE THE CREATION OF ACCESSIBLE VERSIONS OF BOOKS

The ‘Marrakesh Treaty to Improve Access to information for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled’ focuses on copyright exceptions to facilitate the creation of accessible versions of books and other copyrighted works. This way, access to information for print disabled people including people with dyslexia, will be facilitated.
EDF Executive member Yannis Yallouros (on the right) hands over the award

DUBLIN AIRPORT WINS ACCESSIBLE AIRPORT AWARDS 2016


To mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of Regulation (EC) 1107/2006 concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when traveling by air, EDF partnered with the Airports Council International Europe (ACI Europe) to present a new Airport Award: the Accessible Airport Award.  The winner was Dublin Airport thanks to its various accessibility features and facilities, including adult changing places, two separate relief areas for guide dogs, fully accessible retail and catering areas alongside with service level agreements for assistance and other accessible services.
General view of the meeting room at the opening of the conference
COSP 2016: INCLUSION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

Every year, all countries in the world that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) meet at the Conference of State Parties (COSP) to discuss matters related to the implementation of the CRPD. The meeting also includes organisations of persons with disabilities, national human rights institutions and a range of other interested individuals and organisations. This year, the 9th Conference of State Parties focused on: ‘Implementing the 2030 development agenda for all persons with disabilities: Leaving no one behind’.
Representatives from IDDC and EDF with Commissioner Stylianides
EU HUMANITARIAN AID MUST BE INCLUSIVE

EDF and IDDC met Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management and agreed on the importance of the EU taking practical steps now to lead by example, in the EU’s actions to support persons with disabilities in humanitarian crisis and Europe’s refugee response.
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EDITORIAL NOTE
 
Director of publication: Catherine Naughton
Editor: Lila Sylviti
Contributors: Etienne Cuche | Marie Denninghaus | Loredana Dicsi | An-Sofie Leenknecht | 
Laura Marchetti  | Alejandro Moledo

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