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Programmes for persons with disabilities under threat in Spain and Portugal

The European Commission proposed the suspension of European Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) for Spain and Portugal due to their non-compliance with EU budgetary rules. What this proposal fails to consider is the huge impact this will have on persons with disabilities in Spain and Portugal, as many programmes and projects promoting social inclusion and non-discrimination are funded by ESIF.
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European Parliament "signs" yes to disability rights

For the first time, all the 31 EU official sign languages were simultaneously signed in the European Parliament during the event ‘Multilingualism and equal rights in the EU: the role of sign languages’ on 28 September. Organised by MEP Helga Stevens, this historic event brought together more than 1.000 people including a huge representation of deaf people and other sign language users from across and beyond Europe. The aim was to raise awareness on sign languages as part of Europe’s multicultural and multilingual heritage.
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EU takes positive steps to end book famine

EDF welcomes the European Commission’s proposal to implement the Marrakesh Treaty into EU law. It now has to be discussed by the European Parliament and the Council. If there is an agreement, the EU will ratify the Marrakesh Treaty facilitating access to published works for persons with are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, including persons with autism. EDF calls on the EU to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty without further delay and end the book famine for millions of persons with disabilities who are denied access to published works against their rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) that the EU has ratified.
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Time for a new disability rights agenda for Europe

The EU was reviewed by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on the work it has done to promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities, in August 2015. How has the EU progressed on putting the UN’s recommendations on the rights of persons with disabilities into practice so far? EDF and the Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a Public Hearing to gather the views from organisations of persons with disabilities, civil society, equality bodies and EU institutions.


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