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Jul 30, 2018, News

ENIL-COE Youth Study Session Calls for Political Participation

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), in cooperation with the Council of Europe, organised its seventh joint study session. It was entitled “Active citizenship and political participation of young disabled people as a pathway towards Independent Living”and took place between 24 June and 1 July, at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, France. It…

Save the Date: 2019 Freedom Drive

The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL is excited to announce that the 2019 Freedom Drive will take place on 30 September – 2 October 2019, in Brussels. The 2019 Freedom Drive will be special, because ENIL will be celebrating its 30thbirthday! We will also have the new European Parliament and the European Commission, so it…

Jul 30, 2018, News

ECJ Rules in Favour of Personal Assistance

In a landmark ruling of 25 July 2018, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has concluded that the Finnish municipality of Espoo must award personal assistance to a Finnish national pursuing a law degree in Tallinn, Estonia, as EU citizens cannot be denied their right to freedom of movement. The appellant was originally denied personal…

Jul 30, 2018, De-institutionalisation

New Fact Sheet on Independent Living

In cooperation with Inclusion Europe, we drafted a Fact sheet on Independent Living for People with Intellectual Disabilities. The new fact sheet covers the questions of whether people with intellectual disabilities can benefit from independent living, personal assistance, and how they can be supported in making decisions and being in control of their life. Download…

Jul 30, 2018, News

Call for Tender: Inclusive Education

Together with the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities, the European Disability Forum, COFACE Families Europe, Inclusion Europe and Mental Health Europe, we are launching a Call for Tender for “Perceptions of inclusive education – a study to identify opportunities for co-production”. The purpose of this study is to identify possibilities, issues…

Jul 30, 2018, News

A Letter to Our Potential Volunteer

Dear potential Solidarity Corps (ESC) Volunteer, I hope this post finds you well. First up: yes, I certainly think you* should apply for this project.  Some general good advice I have received in the past: leave the rejecting to someone else, i.e. don’t reject yourself from a position before even applying. Now, let’s talk more…

Jul 16, 2018, News

We are looking for a Development Officer

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is looking for a Development Officer to join our Secretariat on a part time basis for the period of 12 months. The role of the Development Officer will be to increase membership involvement in the organisation, to strengthen the way we communicate with our members and to develop…

Jul 10, 2018, News

Apply NOW for the European Solidarity Corps in 2019

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is looking for a 6 – 9 months volunteer within the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) programme. If you are a motivated young European between the ages of 18 and 30, who wants to work in an international team and contribute to an inclusive society, you might be the person…

Jun 28, 2018, De-institutionalisation

Sofia Conference: Do No Harm!

On 8th June, ENIL, the Center for Independent Living Sofia and the European Disability Forum organised a conference on “Investing in Independent Living” in Sofia, Bulgaria. We decided to organise the event for several reasons – the fact that Bulgaria is holding the EU Presidency until the end of this month, to coincide with the publication…

Jun 28, 2018, News

Survey Results: What is good Personal Assistance made of?

The survey on personal assistance(PA), conducted by ENIL in the period 19 January – 4 March 2018, contained 138 characteristics of PA, arranged into 5 categories: Context, Funding, Needs assessment, Provision, and Working conditions. Participants were asked to assess each characteristic on a scale from -3 (maximal hindrance of choice and control) to +3 (maximal…

Jun 28, 2018, De-institutionalisation

EU Funds for Our Rights: June Update

ENIL has been busy with the EU Funds for Our Rights’ Campaign, as we mark the middle of the current programming period and more NGOs come forward with concerns about the use of EU Funds in their countries. On 11 June, we attended a Roundtable Discussion on the Deinstitutionalisation of Social Care in Croatia. The…

Jun 28, 2018, De-institutionalisation

Meet our members: Sumero

This year, Sumero from Bosnia and Herzegovina became an associate member of ENIL. In this article, they share information about their work. Sumero promotes human rights, advocacy and self-advocacy of intellectually disabled people to achieve social inclusion through deinstitutionalization, including the implementation of comprehensive community-based services and housing. This consists of giving disabled people the…

Jun 28, 2018, News

Talking Disability Hate Crime at EU High Level Group

On 14th June, ENIL participated in the plenary meeting of the EU High Level Group on Combating Racism, Xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, organised by DG Justice at the European Commission. ENIL is part of the Facing All the Facts Project, coordinated by CEJI – A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe. The aim…

Jun 28, 2018, News

From Employability to Social Rights

From 18-19 June, ENIL attended the European Social Fund (ESF) Transnational Platform Seminar in Brussels. This seminar is the annual conference of the different ESF Thematic Networks (TNs), which were set up to ensure cooperation between different countries – NGOs and public authorities – when it comes to the use of ESF. There are 8…

Jun 28, 2018, News

ENIL Attends AGE Platform Europe Annual Conference

After co-hosting a seminar on the topics of the UN Open Ended Working Group on Ageing in April and ENIL’s submission to the working group, AGE Platform Europe continued the conversation at their Annual Conference on June 6th.  ENIL was again represented by EVS Volunteer Miriam Graute and Advocacy Officer Frank Sioen to ensure that…

Jun 19, 2018, Europe in Action

Italy is fighting for the right to Independent Living

On June 8, 9 and 10 synchronized marches took place in 15 Italian cities to protest against the lack of funding for personal assistance. Despite several laws for the inclusion of disabled people in the society and the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, Italy is still lacking a national program for independent living

Jun 08, 2018, De-institutionalisation

Bulgarian and European Disability Organisations Call for Investment into Independent Living, not Segregation

The Centre for Independent Living Sofia (CIL Sofia), the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) are organising a conference on investing in Independent Living, to encourage Bulgaria and other Member States to redirect funding from ‘special services’ towards individualised support and mainstream options that facilitate social inclusion and active…

Jun 01, 2018, Europe in Action

ENIL’s Annual Report 2017

ENIL’s 2017 Annual Report is out! The Annual Report seeks to provide an overview of ENIL’s activities and achievements last year. It looks at the extent to which the organisation has reached its external and internal objectives, and sets out the main activities under the following priority areas: awareness raising, influencing policy and legislation, building…

Jun 01, 2018, Good Practice

Meet our members: Independent Living Institute

The Independent Living Insitute, founded in 1993 by Adolf Ratzka, is a policy evaluation and policy formulation center based in Stockholm. At the moment, ILI is implementing two main projects: Law as a Tool for Social Change, and Disabled Refugees Welcome. Law as a Tool for Social Change The aim of the Law as a…

Jun 01, 2018, Good Practice

ENIL Visits Co-production Projects in Berlin

Our Advocacy Officer Frank Sioen and EVS volunteer Miriam Graute represented ENIL at the ESF (European Social Fund) Thematic Network on Partnership meeting in Berlin, on the 14thand 15thMay. ENIL is active in two ESF Thematic Networks: on Partnership and Social Inclusion. These groups meet regularly and seek to improve how the European Social Fund is…