The Freedom Drive is one of the key campaigns of the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) – held every two years since 2003. It provides supporters of the Independent Living Movement with the unique opportunity to meet MEPs and promote human rights issues, as well to share experiences and ideas with colleagues from around Europe. Its rich programme includes the ENIL General Assembly, a conference with sessions on multiple topics, a meeting of the ENIL Youth Network and the culmination – a noisy march to the European Parliament where Freedom Drivers meet with MEPs. The first 6 editions of the Freedom Drive took place in Strasbourg, until 2015, when for the first time the location was changed to Brussels for strategic reasons.
The next ENIL Freedom Drive will be held in Brussels, on 1-3 October 2019. Below you can find all the relevant information that you might need (this page will be updated with the most important information as it becomes available):
You can register for the 2019 Freedom Drive HERE.
Registration for the 2019 Freedom Drive opened on 1 April and will close on the 1 September. You can find more information (FAQ) about the registration here.
We are looking for new Board members!
In preparation for the upcoming elections, ENIL needs your help in gathering nominations of engaged Independent Living activists, who could be part of the future leadership of ENIL. If you know somebody who would make a good candidate for the Board, please send your nomination to Mari Siilsalu, a member of the Nominations Committee, at firstname.lastname@example.org, by July 16, 2019. In your e-mail, please explain why you think this person would make a good ENIL Board member. For more information click here.
Schedule of events*
30 September – Monday
Arrival of Freedom Drivers
1 October – Tuesday
10:30 – 17:30 Workshops on topics related to Independent Living (click here to find out more)
10:00 – 18:00 Meetings with MEPs, arranged by national delegations
2 October – Wednesday
9:00 – 10:00 Gathering in front of the European Parliament
10:00 – 12:00 Protest march for Independent Living
15:00 – 17:00 Hearing on Freedom of Movement in the Parliament
17:30 – 21:30 30th Birthday Party
3 October – Thursday
10:00 – 14:00 Conference on Independent Living
15:30 – 17:30 ENIL General Assembly
18:00 – 20:00 Side events (World Independent Living Network meeting, youth and regional meetings)
4 October – Friday
Departure of Freedom Drivers
*This agenda is subject to changes.
For more information, please contact our Development Officer and contact point for the Freedom Drive Kamil Goungor at: email@example.com. A list of national coordinators is available here. They will be able to provide you with more information about the delegation(s) in your country and all the relevant developments.
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Here, you can find the latest news as soon they are posted.
Here, you can join our Freedom Drive Facebook page.
You can also read about the last Freedom Drive in 2017 to get an idea of what to expect.
Official Freedom Drive hashtags: #2019FreedomDrive #FD2019 #StrongerThanEver