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Oct 16, 2019, News

Meet ENIL’s New Leadership

On 3 October, the General Assembly of the European Network on Independent Living elected six new Board members, who will join the three Board members serving their second term. Out of the new Board members, five were elected to serve two terms (2019 – 2023) and one to serve one term (2019 – 2021). During…

Oct 02, 2019, Europe in Action

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…

2019 Freedom Drive Demands

Each Freedom Drive, we present a set of demands to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). On this occasion, and while celebrating our 30th Anniversary, we have set out our three key demands, which we wish to bring to the attention of the newly elected MEPs. These are: Mainstream disability in all policy areas and…

Freedom Drive Participant Pack

Before every Freedom Drive, we publish a Participants Pack, with all the useful information needed to take part. In the Participants Pack, you will find information about the programme, the venues, ENIL’s General Assembly and Board elections,  the ENIL Youth Network General Assembly and Board elections, as well as practical information about transport and emergency…

Sep 25, 2019, News

Meet our New ESC Volunteer – Hatiye Garip

I am Hatiye, an illustrator and designer based in Istanbul, Turkey. I will be a volunteer for ENIL until the end of June. After waiting a long time to obtain my visa, I am very glad to join ENIL team. I am also lucky that I will catch the Freedom Drive 2019. I graduated from…

Aug 31, 2019, News

ENIL and ALLFIE Intervene in Education Case at ECtHR

On 12 August, the European Network on Independent Living and the Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), from the UK, submitted written comments to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), in the case of M.C. and others. v. Romania. ENIL and ALLFIE decided to intervene in the case to help the European Court understand that…

Aug 31, 2019, De-institutionalisation

A “Comfortable Cage” for Vulnerable Children and Families in Armenia

The Government of the Republic of Armenia has made a decision to donate land areas in Ararat province to the Armenian Caritas (a charity organization), where the organization plans to build a “Children’s City”. The project involves the construction of a “city”, with programmes aimed at children’s care, health, upbringing and education. Around 600 children…

Aug 31, 2019, News

General Comment 7 Explains Criteria for Disabled People’s Organisations

In November 2018, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities adopted the General Comment No. 7 on the participation of persons with disabilities, including children with disabilities, through their representative organisations, in the implementation and monitoring of the Convention. This most recent General Comment is significant, among others, because it clarifies which organisations…

Aug 31, 2019, News

Give Your Views on the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the European Disability Strategy (EDS) 2010-2020, which is the EU’s main policy document in the field of disability. It sets out objectives and actions for implementing disability policy at the EU level. EDS will end in 2020, which is why the European Commission is now evaluating…

Jul 31, 2019, Europe in Action

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, Europe in Action

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…

Jul 16, 2019, De-institutionalisation

Reflections on the 2019 European Semester

On the 5th June, the European Commission published the Country Specific Recommendations (CSRs), tailor-made policy advice to Member States on how to improve the impact of policies and better invest resources. In the last few years, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG), of which ENIL is a member,…

Jul 09, 2019, News

European Court of Human Rights Fails Students with Disabilities

Ruling against Ştefan Stoian fails to protect the right to education of learners with disabilities, and blames their parents instead. For years Ştefan Stoain was carried on his mother’s back so he could attend his class in a second-floor classroom. On several occasions Ştefan was refused support by the school to access the bathroom, leaving…

Jul 05, 2019, News

CALL: We are Looking for European Solidarity Corps Volunteer in Brussels

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is looking for a 6 – 9 months European Solidarity Corps volunteer. ENIL is an NGO run by and for disabled people. Our main goals are to promote the right of all disabled people to live independently and to be included in the community. As a European Solidarity…

Jul 04, 2019, De-institutionalisation

Disability and Child Rights Groups Call for Implementation of Right to Family

ENIL has joined key disability rights networks and child rights groups – Disability Rights International (DRI), International Disability Alliance (IDA), European Disability Forum (EDF), Child Rights International Network (CRIN), International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IFSBH), Autism Europe, Inclusion International, Inclusion Europe, Validity and TASH – in a statement calling on the UN General…

Jun 28, 2019, De-institutionalisation

Our Notes from the 12th Conference of States Parties to the CRPD

On 11th – 13th June, Government and civil society representatives from all over the world met at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the 12th Conference of States Parties (COSP) to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The overarching theme of the 12th session was ”Ensuring inclusion of persons with…