Europe in Action

Oct 02, 2019,

ENIL Press Release: Hundreds Demand End to Segregation of Disabled People

Brussels, 2 October – Over 400 disabled people and allies from all over Europe have gathered in Brussels this morning tomarch in protest between the European Commission’s main headquarters, the Berlaymont,  and the European Parliament building in Brussels. The activists, led by the European Network on Independent Living – ENIL, have one main demand: that…

Jul 31, 2019,

ENIL’s Annual Report 2018

ENIL’s 2018 Annual Report is out! This report provides an overview of our activities and achievements last year. We hope that by reading it, you will get a sense of the effort undertaken by ENIL to change status quo. Despite being a small organization facing various challenges (like for example the loss of the European…

Jul 31, 2019,

Report: European Independent Living Day – May 5th 2019

The 6th European Independent Living Day was celebrated in Europe (and beyond), and was a very successful one! Although this year 5th May was on Sunday (a non working day), disabled people and their allies celebrated it in more than 25 countries, showing that the Independent Living movement is strong and active! As always, the…

Jun 28, 2019,

Time for Action After the Election

One month after the elections, at ENIL we would like to make a few observations about the results. First of all, we congratulate our Board member Stelios Kympouropoulos (Greece) for his election to the European Parliament, and look forward to working with him in the next 5 years. Stelios will be leaving the Board following his appointment…

May 31, 2019,

The #ILDay19 rocked!

The 6th European Independent Living Day was celebrated widely in Europe and beyond. Although this year the 5th May was on Sunday (a day of rest for many), disabled people and their allies in more than 20 countries celebrated, showing that the Independent Living movement is strong and active! It showed also that it is…

May 05, 2019,

Right to Vote Celebrated on the 6th European Independent Living Day

With less than a month until the European Elections, the 6th European Independent Living Day will call on disabled people to go out and vote and at the same time highlight barriers to political participation. Barriers can be inaccessible polling stations, but also a total deprivation of the right to vote. To live independently, disabled…

Apr 30, 2019,

ROFA Launches ‘Independent Living for the Future’ Strategy

On 25 April, the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA), in partnership with Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) and the TUC Disabled Workers Committee, launched ROFA’s Independent Living strategy, titled ‘Independent Living for the Future – Our vision for a national independent living support system’. The launch took place in the Parliament and was hosted by…

Feb 28, 2019,

ENIL Launches Elections Toolkit

In less than 3 months, there will be elections for new Members of the European Parliament (2019 – 2024) in all EU Member States. In preparation for the elections, ENIL has prepared an Elections Toolkit. The Toolkit is aimed at disabled people, disabled people’s organisations and our allies. In the Toolkit, you will find: ✓…

Jan 31, 2019,

Protests for Independent Living in Florence

At the end of 2018, the Independent Living Association (Associazione Vita Indipendente ONLUS) held three protests for independent living in Florence, Italy. The protests took place on 20 and 30 November, as well as on 18 December in front of the Regional Council of Tuscany (which is something like a regional parliament), and received significant…

Jan 31, 2019,

Swedish PA Users at Risk of Losing Support

This January, a one-man committee submitted a proposal about the Act on Support and Service for Persons with Certain Functional Impairments to the Swedish government. The proposal entails such severe changes to current rights that – if implemented – big institutions will be built in Sweden again. Above all, there are three suggestions that would jeopardise…

Sep 27, 2018,

NOW Was THE TIME: 1st Global Disability Summit

On the 24th of July, the Department for International Development of the UK (DFID), the Government of Kenya and the International Disability Alliance (IDA) organized the first Global Disability Summit in London. ENIL was represented at the Summit by Zara Todd and our Board Member Nadia Hadad was there as a member of the European…

Jun 19, 2018,

Italy is fighting for the right to Independent Living

On June 8, 9 and 10 synchronized marches took place in 15 Italian cities to protest against the lack of funding for personal assistance. Despite several laws for the inclusion of disabled people in the society and the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, Italy is still lacking a national program for independent living

Jun 01, 2018,

ENIL’s Annual Report 2017

ENIL’s 2017 Annual Report is out! The Annual Report seeks to provide an overview of ENIL’s activities and achievements last year. It looks at the extent to which the organisation has reached its external and internal objectives, and sets out the main activities under the following priority areas: awareness raising, influencing policy and legislation, building…

Apr 27, 2018,

Countdown to #ILDAY18

May 5th is very soon upon us and we would like to remind you of how you can get involved and express our thanks to all those who have let us know about events they are organising! A real buzz is building, with exciting things happening from Norway to Montenegro, from Portugal to Lithuania. The…

Mar 30, 2018,

The European Independent Living Day Film Screening

To mark this year’s 5th May – the European Independent Living Day, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is organising a screening of “Defiant Lives”, a documentary on the history of the Independent Living movement.

Feb 23, 2018,

Inclusion Culture Study Session Final Report

ENIL Youth and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) organised a joint study session on intercultural inclusive learning in the Council of Europe’s Youth Centre in Strasbourg on 28 May – 4 June 2017. We now present you the  final report of the event, entitled “Inclusion Culture Promoting Leadership in Intercultural Understanding within Mixed ability Groups”….

Dec 04, 2017,

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.