May 04, 2015,

Briefing on the Use of Structural Funds to Support the Transition from Institutional Care to Community Living

With the majority of Operational Programmes for the European Structural and Investment Funds (‘Structural Funds’) adopted, the European Network on Independent Living – European Coalition for Community Living (ENIL-ECCL) consider it important to highlight the significant on-going issues which may impede the transition from institutional care to community living for people with disabilities.

Apr 28, 2015,

“We Are Sailing Stormy Waters in a Shared Boat”

This is what most of our Turkish friends agreed at the end of the study visit to Bulgaria hosted by the CIL – Sofia team as a part of a joined project with ENIL and RUSIHAK in Istanbul, Turkey.

Jan 28, 2015,

Discussing Progress Towards Independent Living in Serbia

As a member of the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG), the European Network on Independent Living – the European Coalition for Community Living have been involved in a series of national seminars on the role of European Union (EU) funds in supporting the right to live in community….

Oct 17, 2014,

Invitation: Roundtable on the portability of personal assistance in the European Union

Roundtable on the portability of personal assistance in the European Union 9:00 – 11:00, 18 November 2014, European Parliament, Brussels Hosted by Marian Harkin MEP Summary The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is organising a roundtable in the European Parliament on the issue of portability of, and access to, personal assistance within the European…

Sep 15, 2014,

Whose voice is speaking in our name?

Debbie Jolly, one of the founders of Disabled People Against Cuts and ENIL Board member discusses the responsibility disabled people’s organisations have in standing up for those whose voice has been taken away. Jolly argues that claims to protect the client’s ‘confidentiality’, allegedly acting ‘in their best interests’, are just a way of silencing opponents of institutionalisation and other forms of involuntary treatment and confinement.

Jul 03, 2014,

Revised Toolkit on the Use of EU Funds for Deinstitutionalisation

The European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care has just published a Revised Edition of the Toolkit on the Use of EU Funds for the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care. The Revised Toolkit takes account of the final version of the European Structural and Investment Funds Regulations 2014 – 2020….

Apr 28, 2014,

Historical systemic change in disabled people’s sector in Flanders

Press Release from Onafhankelijk Leven vzw (CIL Flanders, Belgium) The disability sector is subject to a historical change as and from the 1st January 2015. The Flemish parliament has approved the Flemish Parliament decree which will realise this change. The decree of Individual Funding is providing a system in which the budget of the government…

Mar 20, 2014,

Disabled Bulgarians Denied the Right to Independent Living

Reasons for my trip to Bulgaria I was invited by ENIL to go and speak at a conference in Sofia on deinstitutionalisation and community-based services, representing the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG). This was one of a number of similar seminars, which the EEG is organising in cooperation…

Mar 04, 2014,

Developing a Strategy to Promote the Rights of People with Disabilities

Across Central and Eastern Europe, hundreds of thousands of people with disabilities are excluded from full participation in society—from education and employment, to housing and marriage. Not all countries with inclusive policies have transformed these into meaningful action. Following the European Union’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, member states…

Jan 30, 2014,

A historic opportunity for people in institutional care: EU Funds must be used to develop community-based alternatives in 2014-2020

A Statement by the European Expert Group on the Transition from Institutional to Community-based Care (EEG) Dublin, 30th January 2014 – The European Union is currently preparing to implement the next seven years of the Structural and Investment funding. The framework put in place for this new programming period represents a historic opportunity to protect…

Jan 28, 2014,

From Le Court to Strasbourg: Fighting for Independent Living for 30 Years

On 17 January 2014, the Southampton Centre for Independent Living – SPECTRUM held an event to celebrate 30 years since John Evans left an institution and started to live independently. Numerous independent living activists, from both the UK and abroad, gathered in Southampton or sent messages, paying tribute to John and saying “thank you” for…

Jan 22, 2014,

Urgent Appeal: Stop the building of a new institution in Vancouver

ENIL has received an urgent request for support from the City of Vancouver Persons with Disabilities Advisory Committee, regarding plans to build a new institution for people with disabilities in Vancouver – to be discussed at a meeting on 22 January. They are asking for letters of protest to be sent to the Vancouver City…

Nov 08, 2013,

ENIL and OSF-MHI Roundtable on the Use of Structural Funds for People with Disabilities

As part of advocacy for better use of Structural Funds in Central and Eastern Europe, the European Network on Independent Living and the Open Society Foundations – Mental Health Initiative held a successful roundtable with representatives of the European Commission, Member States, the European Parliament and the civil society. The meeting, organised on 7 November…

May 08, 2013,

Community Living for All

‘Community Living for All’, A conference on the Future Role of the European Union Structural Funds to Advance Community Living for Older People and People with Disabilities took place on Friday 3rd May 2013 in Áras Moyola, National University of Ireland, Republic of Ireland. On the occasion of this Conference, a press release urging the…

Feb 25, 2013,

ENIL Independent Living Training and Promotion in Bulgaria

In the first week of February 2013, ENIL representatives traveled to Bulgaria to meet with local authority officials about the current situation of people with disabilities in Bulgaria and about the progress being made toward Independent Living there.  ENIL also held a training session on Independent Living for young people with disabilities who are living…

Jun 29, 2012,

Personal assistance law for Iceland in 2014

Iceland is due to enact a personal assistance law (NPA) in 2014. In 2012 the Icelandic Ministry for Welfare published a guidebook outlining the rules for personal assistance, but this is not the law. Until the law is enacted each municipality in Iceland can decide whether or not to follow the guidelines. This article will…

May 31, 2012,

First European Mind Change conference in Villach, Austria – May 2 – 4, 2012

“We have a dream of a society where all people are born equal and remain equal their whole lives, let’s achieve it” Thomas Stenitzer, Founder of Mind Change. Thomas is one of the founding members of a new NGO, Mind Change, in Carinthia, Austria. Thomas was inspired to start Mind Change by a bad disability-related social…