On 20 September, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), the Centre for Independent Living Sofia (CIL Sofia), the Validity Foundation and the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC) submitted a petition to the Petitions Committee (PETI Committee) at the European Parliament. The petition concerns the planned use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) for…
Brussels and Sofia, 11 February 2019 – The European Network on Independent Living, the Centre for Independent Living Sofia and the Validity Foundation are calling on the Bulgarian Government to immediately suspend a programme which will channel European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds into the building of a large number of residential care facilities for…
On 14 January, ENIL, together with the European Disability Forum (EDF), Disability Rights International (DRI) and the Validity Foundation sent a joint letter to Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen. In the letter, we have asked Commissioner Thyssen to maintain the wording in Article 6(2) (Equality between men and women…
(Brussels, October 10, 2018) – Croatia’s government should end the confinement of children and adults with disabilities in institutions, five disabled people’s and human rights organizations said today in a letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. Despite some initial progress, the process of moving people out of institutions and into community-based living has stalled, the…
On 20 April, ENIL sent an Open letter to the Croatian Minister of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy Ms. Neda Murganic, in order to raise our concerns about the current administration’s reluctance to continue the process of transition from institutional care to living in the community. The letter followed our participation in an event…
Hungarian government must suspend and redesign deinstitutionalisation projects affecting 2,500 people with disabilities
Brussels, 26/02/2018 – NGOs are demanding the suspension and redesigning of deinstitutionalisation projects managed by the Hungarian government with funding from the European Commission.
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.
On 12 – 13 October, the Estonian Presidency of the EU Council is organising a conference “Dignity + Independent Living = DI”, which will be followed by the Council Conclusions on deinstitutionalisation.
Swedish Municipality Liable for Disability Discrimination through Deficient Accessibility in Elementary School
Sebastian Häregård, 14, was illegally discriminated against in his school Nästegårdsskolan in Vara municipality, Sweden.
On 3 May, ENIL, together with the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (ORPD) in Belarus, and the Mental Health Perspectives (MHP) in Lithuania, sent an open letter to the Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus, Ms. Irina Anatolyevna Kostevich.
On 19 December, ENIL’s Policy Officer Ines Bulic took part in a roundtable on deinstitutionalisation in Bratislava, Slovakia. The aim of the roundtable was to discuss strategies on how to accelerate the reforms in the country, which had stalled in the past years.
This week, the European disability movement and allies are in Brussels, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Italy ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol in 2009. This article, written by ENIL’s Board member Marina Voudouri, has taken stock of what has been done in Italy since then.
ENIL wrote a report for the Petitions Committee (PETI Committee) at the European Parliament on the use of European Structural and Investment Funds in Slovakia.
Disabled women are one of the most marginalised groups in the world. According to the United Nations (UN) they are…
On 23rd June, Sisters of Frida – a collective of disabled women in the UK – sent a letter to Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP (UK), UN Enable, UN Women, International Disability Alliance and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Sisters of Frida (SoF), a disabled women’s collective based in the UK, highlighted a number of developments that have negatively impacted on disabled people, in their submission to the UN Committee on the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The researchers Ciara Brennan, Rannveig Traustadottir, Peter Andeberg and James Rice released this week their article “Are Cutbacks to Personal Assistance Violating Sweden’s Obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?”
The EU is important for disabled people with a minimum floor of rights being created in Europe pulling up standards for all. The referendum is quickly approaching, taking place on 23rd June 2016.