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.
On 12 – 13 October, the Estonian Presidency organised the conference “Dignity + Independent Living = DI”. Held in Tallin, Estonia, its aims were: to discuss ways to accelerate the transition from institutional care to community living in the EU and more…
A training on Human Rights and Persons with Disabilities, under the framework of the Informal Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Seminar on Human Rights was designed and delivered by a team of ENIL trainers.
On 7 September, the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG), of which ENIL is a member, published a response to the reflection paper on the future of the finances of the European Union (EU).
ENIL welcomes the recent adoption of the General comment No 5 on Article 19 of the UN CRPD on living independently and being included in the community. It is a key step forward in clarifying the States parties obligations under the Convention, with a potential to improve access to independent living.
ENIL is pleased to launch its new briefing on the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), focused on the monitoring and complaints system, and the extent to which it is able to ensure ESI Funds are used to support independent living.
ENIL sent two written submissions on Article 19 of the UN CRPD to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities earlier this month. The Committee is in the process of drafting the General Comment on Article 19 and the aim of the submissions was to provide detailed comments in relation to the suggested provisions.
ENIL’s “EU Funds for Our Rights” Campaign continues with awareness raising activities among Members of the European Parliament and the European Commission officials.
Over the past two years, ENIL has been co-chairing the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). Now that this time is coming to an end, we have decided to take stock of our work in EEG and to reflect on the challenges ahead.
ENIL’s “EU Funds for Our Rights” Campaign continues with awareness raising activities and is regularly reminding Members of the European Parliament and the European Commission officials of the importance of efficient use of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
The European Network on Independent Living – ENIL is launching its latest contribution to improved understanding of the right to live independently in the community, set out in Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
In 2017, Hungary will submit a report on the country’s implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
ENIL’s “EU Funds for Our Rights” Campaign continues with awareness raising activities aimed at MEPs and the European Commission – urging them to put in place a better monitoring and complaints system for the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF).
On 28 March, 2017, the European Commission, in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) organised a TAIEX Workshop on Deinstitutionalisation: Advancing the Process of Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care.
An update for the ENIL’s project in Belarus, which started in 2016.
On 27 January, ENIL’s Policy Officer Ines Bulic took part in a seminar on deinstitutionalisation in Nicosia, Cyprus, as part of ENIL’s involvement in the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). Read about the event here.
ENIL presents you an interview from the recently launched blog of ÉFOÉSZ (The Hungarian Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities). László Bercse, Hungarian self-advocate and co-president of ÉFOÉSZ spoke with Senada Halilcevic – a self-advocate from Croatia.
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.
An update on the ENIL campaign “EU Funds for Our Rights”.
Brussels, 3 December – As we mark this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD), we are thinking of the hundreds of thousands of disabled people in Europe locked away in institutions, exposed to human rights abuses, segregated from their families and the rest of society, and with no control over their lives.