European Disability Forum: 80 million people demand a better Europe

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The European Disability Forum has made the following media release:

European leaders need to guarantee an accessible and inclusive Europe

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the European Disability Forum launches its key demands for the European Elections.

The “EDF Manifesto on the European Elections 2019” was adopted during the 4th European Parliament of Persons with Disabilities, on 6 December 2017. It was adopted by more than 700 delegates who represented the entire disability movement: more than 80 million persons in Europe.

On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we again demand that the EU institutions, and political parties adopt our key demands:

  • Fully accessible and inclusive European elections, ensuring that legal capacity extends to all and materials, polling stations and methods of voting are accessible to all.
  • A comprehensive European Disability Strategy 2020-2030: that satisfies the commitment made towards the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities.
  • EU Funding to secure equal opportunities and non-discrimination, including non-discrimination and accessibility provisions in the next Multi-annual Financial Framework.
  • A European Pillar of Social Rights which improves the living conditions of persons with disabilities and their families.
  • An accessible Europe in all aspects of life, including digital, built environment and transport.
  • A Europe of Human Rights, including finally adopting the comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation.

Yannis Vardakastanis, President of the European Disability Forum said “We are still excluded, discriminated, left behind. EU Leaders need to step up and defend our rights.”

He added: “EU leaders need to transform commitments to real, implementable political actions. They need to bridge the gap between words and deeds.”

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