Jan 26, 2018, News

European Disability Card: Promising Idea with Little Practical Use

The goal of the European Disability Card is to start developing a system of mutual recognition of disability in the EU, to make it easier for disabled people in the EU to access reductions and other benefits in the culture and sports sector. Yet, four months after its launch, the practical use of the EDC is still very limited.

Jan 26, 2018, News

Work-Life Balance Directive: Contact Your Government

On 26 April 2017, the European Commission proposed a Directive to “support work-life balance for parents and carers”, as the first concrete action to implement the recently adopted European Pillar of Social Rights.

Dec 22, 2017, News

VulnerABLE: ENIL Reports from the Final Conference

This summary captures a one day programme from “VulnerABLE: Pilot project related to the development of evidence based strategies to improve the health of isolated and vulnerable persons final dissemination conference”, which took place on 7th November 2017 in Brussels, Belgium.

Dec 04, 2017, De-institutionalisation

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.

Nov 30, 2017, Disability Watchdog

Disability Watchdog: Slovenia Builds New Institutions

ENIL was made aware of a number of negative developments in Slovenia, which raise questions about the country’s compliance with the UN CRPD and the ЕU laws and policies on social inclusion. Our concerns relate to the process of deinstitutionalisation, or more precisely, the continuing investments into long-stay residential institutions for children and disabled people.

Nov 30, 2017, News

Independent Living and Its Definition

The importance of definitions for disabled people’s independent living and equal participation in society cannot be overstated. Definitions guide actions, shape identities, underpin policies and justify public spending.