10th ENIL Freedom Drive: 26-28 September 2022, Brussels

Normally, the Freedom Drive was scheduled to take place in September 2021, but like everything else, it was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the first time since 2003 that ENIL decided to postpone the Freedom Drive and to replace it with a series of online events. The Freedom Surf took place on the same dates we were supposed to meet in Brussels – from the 21st to 23rd September. For those who missed it, you can find all the recordings on our You Tube channel.

With the easing of restrictions and the increasing number of people protected against the virus, the ENIL Board started planning this year’s event. We are happy to announce that it will take place from the 26th – 28th September 2022, in Brussels. Please mark these dates in your calendars!

We also encourage those with MEPs in the European Parliament to reach out to them now and ask for commitment to supporting the participation of Independent Living delegates in the 2022 Freedom Drive. We can use these two years to build up political support for Independent Living and to make sure we have a record participation of activists from across Europe.

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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.

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