Meeting MEPs to Ensure EU Funds Support Independent Living

Meeting MEPs to Ensure EU Funds Support Independent Living

As part of the campaign “EU Funds for Our Rights”, ENIL’s Campaign Coordinator has been meeting with a number of MEPs to raise their awareness about the need for a better monitoring and complaints system for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF). Our aim is to ensure that ESIFs are used to fund projects that in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and that there is a system in place to prevent and sanction ESIF’s misuse.

We have recently met with Mr Tomáš ZDECHOVSKÝ, a member of the Committee on Budgetary Control and the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) to explain the importance of a good monitoring and complaints system when it comes ensuring ESIFs uphold human rights.

A number of MEPs showed real interest in the campaign and promised to take actions targeting other MEPs, Member States and the European Commission. Among them are Ms Tanja Fajon, a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). We also met with the assistants of Ms Deirdre Clune, a substitute member in the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs and of Ms Monika Macovei, a member of Committee on Budgetary Control and Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE). Mr Tonino Picula, a substitute member of the Committee on Regional Development, was also very positive about our activities.

In parallel with meeting MEPs, whose support is key to the success of the campaign, we are organising regional events that in Lithuania, Belgium and Romania to hear first-hand from NGOs involved in monitoring ESIFs, or deinstitutionalisation, about the main challenges on the ground. We will bring you further updates from those meetings, as well as from MEPs, in the Newsletter and on the campaign’s Facebook page.

European Network on Independent Living – ENIL

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