De-institutionalisation

Sep 27, 2018,

ENIL’s Position on the Proposed EU Funds Regulations

On 29 and 30 May, the European Commission published its proposals for the European Social Fund+ (ESF+), and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Cohesion Fund, for the new programming period 2021 – 2027. The two legislative proposals, as well as the Common Provisions Regulation, will be negotiated with the European Parliament and…

Jul 30, 2018,

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…

Jun 28, 2018,

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,

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,

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 08, 2018,

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,

EU Funds for Our Rights May Update

ENIL continues its campaign activities and is monitoring issues related to the use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds) in several Member States: Hungary, Slovenia, France, Portugal and Romania. This involves working together with national NGOs and with representatives of the European Commission (DG EMPL and DG REGIO). New countries are being added…

Apr 27, 2018,

EU Funds for Our Rights Campaign Zooms in on France

In cooperation with our French members and with the support of MEP Pascal Durand, ENIL helped organise a conference earlier this month to raise awareness about the situation of disabled people and advocate for the right to independent living in France. Last year, France was visited by the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of…

Apr 11, 2018,

ENIL Submission on Older People and Independent Living

On 23 – 26 July, the Ninth Working Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) will take place at the UN headquarters in New York. OEWGA was established by the UN General Assembly in 2010, in order to look at the existing international framework on the human rights of older persons and identify…

Mar 30, 2018,

Croatia: Community for All or the Chosen Few?

On 16th March, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) took part in a roundtable in the Croatian Parliament, organised by Platform 112 and hosted by the Member of Parliament Bojan Glavašević. Platform 112 is a coalition of civil society organisations – among them the Association for Self-Advocacy – focused on promoting the rule of law.

Mar 30, 2018,

Getting to Grips with Deinstitutionalisation

Towards the end of last year, ENIL, in cooperation with Nic Crosby (GatherBuildWork), decided to relaunch and reinvent the European Coalition for Community Living (ECCL), as an open platform and a resource for supporting independent living and the closure of institutions for disabled people.

Mar 30, 2018,

Briefing on EU Funds Launched in the European Parliament

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) has launched its Briefing on EU Funds and Independent Living on 8th March at the European Parliament. The event was hosted by MEPs Miram Dalli, Jana Zitnanska, Julie Ward and Pascal Durand.

Jan 26, 2018,

“EU Funds for Our Rights” Campaign Continues in 2018

ENIL’s “EU Funds for Our Rights” Campaign continues in 2018, with awareness raising and capacity building activities for NGOs, and meetings with MEPs and the European Commission. Read about our recent and upcoming events and learn how you can get involved in the campaign.

Dec 04, 2017,

No Place for Institutions in a Sustainable and Resilient Society

Brussels, 4 December – The International Day of Persons with Disabilities, on 3 December, is an opportunity to take stock of progress achieved towards the right to independent living for all. It is a day to celebrate, but also to protest, against the continued denial of basic human rights that allow disabled people to live dignified lives.

Oct 31, 2017,

Deinstitutionalisation High on the EU Agenda

On 12 – 13 October, the Estonian Presidency organised the conference “Dignity + Independent Living = DI”. Held in Tallin, Estonia, its aims were: to discuss ways to accelerate the transition from institutional care to community living in the EU and more…

Oct 31, 2017,

Disability Rights in Asia and Europe

A training on Human Rights and Persons with Disabilities, under the framework of the Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights was designed and delivered by a team of ENIL trainers.

Sep 06, 2017,

ENIL Welcomes Key UN Guidance on the Right to Independent Living

ENIL welcomes the recent adoption of the General comment No 5 on Article 19 of the UN CRPD on living independently and being included in the community. It is a key step forward in clarifying the States parties obligations under the Convention, with a potential to improve access to independent living.