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Dec 27, 2019, De-institutionalisation

Good-bye 2019, Bring on 2020

As we schedule our ‘out of office’ replies at the European Network on Independent Living and start counting down to the end of yet another year, I would like to briefly reflect on 2019 and what it meant for us. Firstly, we will remember this year by turning 30 and taking the first steps into…

Dec 27, 2019, De-institutionalisation

EP Event Challenges Investments into Group Homes

On 2 December, the European Network on Independent Living, Disability Rights International (DRI) and the Validity Foundation organised an event in the European Parliament entitled ‘Group Homes – A Defensible Investment?’. The event was hosted by MEP Julie Ward (Socialists & Democrats) and took place in the framework of the European Disability and Development Week,…

Dec 27, 2019, News

Meet the New Board of the ENIL Youth Network

This December, the ENIL Youth Network elected its new Board, for the second time after its establishment. They have replaced the previous Board, composed of Rados Keravica (Serbia – chair), Rebecca Farren (UK – vice-chair), Andrey Sosnov (Russia), Beyza UnaI (Turkey), Marijeta Mojasevic (Montenegro) and Kamil Goungor (Greece – only for the first year). The…

Dec 10, 2019, De-institutionalisation

ENIL Busts Myths on EU Funds and Independent Living

In Brussels, 10 December 2019 – To mark the International Human Rights Day, the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL is launching its second Myth Buster, this time on “EU Funds and Independent Living”. Illustrated by our European Solidarity Corps volunteer, Hatiye Garip, and published as part of the “EU Funds for Our Rights”…

Dec 03, 2019, Europe in Action

Actions Over Words in the Next Five Years

Today, disabled people all over the world celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Just one day after the new European Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, takes office, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) highlights five key demands of Europe’s Independent Living movement for the new Commission. Rather than the usual…

Nov 26, 2019, News

Portugal Hesitates to Go All the Way for PA

On 17 October, ENIL’s Advocacy Officer, Frank Sioen, represented ENIL at the conference “ICavi Models of Independent Living” in Porto. The aim of the conference was to collect feedback on the current Pilot Personal Assistance (PA) legislation in view of the upcoming review of this pilot project. The conference  started with an overview of the…

Nov 15, 2019, Disability Watchdog

Press Release: NGOs Take European Commission to Court for Funding Segregation of Disabled Persons in Bulgaria

In Brussels, 15 November 2019 – For the first time in history, three disability rights organisations have initiated Court proceedings against the European Commission for failing to halt EU infrastructure funding being used by Bulgaria to build institutions for persons with disabilities. Case T-613/19, pending before the EU General Court in Luxembourg, challenges the Decision…

Nov 07, 2019, Funding

ENIL Statement on the Decision of the Ombudsman Relating to our Funding

Brussels, 7 November 2019 – Today, the European Ombudsman published her decision in the case submitted by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) on 27 October 2018. The case (ref. number 1848/2018/KR) concerns the European Commission’s rejection of ENIL’s application in a call for proposals aiming to establish support for European networks active in…

Nov 05, 2019, News

Job Opening: TRIPS Project Coordinator

ENIL is looking for a Project Coordinator for the TRIPS project, on accessible transport solutions for persons with disabilities. The project, in which ENIL is a part of a large Europe-wide consortium, will be implemented over 3 years (2020 – 2022), and is funded through Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation….

Oct 30, 2019, De-institutionalisation

Highlights from the Disability High Level Group

The Disability High Level Group held its second meeting on 23rd October in Brussels, bringing together representatives of the social welfare Ministries from the Member States, EU-level NGOs and the staff of the Disability Unit at DG Employment (at the European Commission). On the agenda was the CRPD implementation, the European Disability Strategy, the UN…

ENIL Freedom Drive 2019: #LoudAndProud!

Between 1-3 October 2019, around 300 disabled Independent Living activists, their personal assistants and allies from all around Europe, Japan and even Australia, came to Brussels in order to take part in the ENIL Freedom Drive 2019, and to celebrate with us ENIL’s 30th Anniversary. We had a full three-day programme, which included: The workshops…

Oct 30, 2019, De-institutionalisation

ENIL’s Regional Members’ Meeting in Poland

ENIL’s regional members’ meeting took place in Warsaw on 9 and 10 September. The meeting was organized in cooperation with our Polish member – the Independent Living Institute from Warsaw. The meeting provided an opportunity for our members (around 35 participants), from Belgium, Belarus, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Norway, Russia, Slovenia, and Sweden, to…

Oct 30, 2019, News

ENIL Launches Briefing on the Freedom of Movement

ENIL is pleased to launch a briefing paper on the Freedom of Movement, which explores what this means for disabled people in the European Union (EU). The paper starts by discussing the concepts and the legal basis for the right of free movement in the EU. It goes on to look at existing initiatives linked to…

Oct 30, 2019, Good Practice

ENIL Volunteers at Apple Accessibility Workshop

On 25 September, ENIL’s ESC volunteers Hatiye Garip and Lisa Madl participated in an accessibility workshop hosted by Apple. The workshop took place in Brussels and offered a small number of representatives from different disability organisations the opportunity to learn more about the accessibility features that have recently been introduced. Sarah Herrlinger, Global Director for…

Oct 16, 2019, News

Meet ENIL’s New Leadership

On 3 October, the General Assembly of the European Network on Independent Living elected six new Board members, who will join the three Board members serving their second term. Out of the new Board members, five were elected to serve two terms (2019 – 2023) and one to serve one term (2019 – 2021). During…