Europe in Action

Oct 27, 2011,

Irish Freedom Drive Follow Up

The Irish Freedom Drivers are continuing to put pressure on the Irish Government to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and have met with the Minister of State with responsibility for  Disability, Kathleen Lynch, and have raised this matter directly with her.            The Irish MEPs…

Oct 27, 2011,

Ireland: Savage Cuts To Personal Assistance Hours Proposed

A report in the Irish Times on 14 October quoted a leaked document from Ireland’s Health Service Executive (the HSE) as saying it was considering making massive cuts to home help and personal assistance hours between now and the end of the year.  The HSE  said it is considering reducing home help hours by 600,…

Oct 27, 2011,

European Commission Adopts Legislative Proposals for Cohesion Policy 2014 – 2020

On 6 October 2011, the European Commission adopted legislative proposals for cohesion policy during the period 2014 – 2020. Among other, the new proposals set out the rules for the use of the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund (together referred to as the EU Structural Funds) in the next programming period….

Oct 26, 2011,

Opening Of A New Regional Cil In Kragujevac (Serbia)

A new regional CIL was established and officially registered in Kragujevac, Serbia on 18 January 2011. Guided by the idea that everyone has the right to choose how he or she wants to live, CIL Kragujevac represents and advocates for social approach to disability and is working on providing facilities for Independent Living of disabled…

Oct 20, 2011,

Back to Italy after the Freedom Drive

On 15 September, the fifth edition of the Freedom Drive was held in Strasbourg. The Freedom Drive is a march for freedom organised every two years by ENIL, which this year saw over two hundred people with disabilities from 20 countries marching from Place de la Republic to the European Parliament. The aim of the…

Oct 20, 2011,

Swedish MEPs Call for De-Institutionalisation

During the Freedom Drive, the delegation from Sweden held a meeting with a number of Swedish MEPs. As a result of this meeting, a group of MEPs published an article in a major newspaper calling for the closure of long stay residential institutions for persons with disabilities in Europe. The article also refers to the…

Oct 20, 2011,

Road Movie Contest

Now that the Freedom Drive is over, ENIL is collecting entries to its Road Movie Contest. If you have photos or videos from the Freedom Drive, please send them to the ENIL Secretariat at secretariat@enil.eu. The best photo story or documentary will be shown at the Freedom Drive 2013! Participants from Belgium can also send…

Oct 20, 2011,

Progress in Implementing Freedom Drive Demands

Before this year’s Freedom Drive, we analysed the progress made in implementing the demands from 2009. In case you have not had a chance to read this document, we are sending it to you again. The second document, Freedom Drive Demands Explained, sets out what is behind this year’s demands. ENIL will use the next…

Oct 20, 2011,

Report from the Freedom Drive 2011

This report includes summaries of all the meetings and events organised during the Freedom Drive week. You will also find the selected press coverage and the main documents in the Annex to the report. The report is available in pdf and Text Only version.

Sep 30, 2011,

What is Landsailing?

A sailkart is a vehicle designed for leisure or sport, only moved by the force of the wind against a sail. It usually has three points of support on the floor where wheels or ice skates are set. Sail can be of fabric, rigid or semirigid. It is provided of a compartment for the driver…

Sep 30, 2011,

DPAC conference in London

Disabled People against Cuts (DPAC) opens to members and hosts first DPAC Conference in London DPAC is becoming more accountable by opening itself up to members and developing an election process for a new DPAC steering group. DPAC will be one year old on 3rd October 2011. They have hosted many protests against the condem…

Sep 30, 2011,

Swedish people are losing stately granted assistance allowance

In Sweden, every decision regarding personal assistance is reconsidered every second year. The social insurance agency’s new decision making guidelines lead to many people losing their personal assistance affiliated to these reconsiderations. According to statistics from the Swedish Social Insurance Agency, 269 people who were entitled to support lost their right to personal assistance in…

Sep 30, 2011,

The voters no one wants

If the political parties consider that the top politicians should mirror the electorate, people with disabilities represent the voters no one wants. All political parties are aware that there has to be a certain correlation between their own representatives and the voters whom they want to attract. A party without a geographical balance at the…

Sep 30, 2011,

Sweden: Freedom Drive road trip

We were nine members from JAG in Sweden who travelled by bus from Stockholm to France together with our personal assistants to participate in Freedom Drive in Strasbourg. Here are some pictures and impressions from the trip and the Freedom Drive week.

Aug 30, 2011,

Coalition for inclusion In the Netherlands

  The board of the coalition for inclusion in the Netherlands is occupied with a research on how the future of this network will be. Many questions on the movement that the coalition for inclusion represents, the form it will take…. A lot of brainstorm. Thursday the 18th of August they organized in Rotterdam a…

Aug 29, 2011,

Belgium: CAMPAIGN GRIP vzw ‘We’re stronger than we think’

On July 2, 2009, Belgium ratified the UN Convention on the rights of persons with a disability. The Convention is an important tool for persons with a disability. It gives them a chance to participate, and to strive for their rights and fight for equal opportunities. A lot of disabled people are not familiar with this Convention,…

Aug 26, 2011,

Ireland: Leaders, leading a new way forward

Ireland as an island has always been an outward looking country, set between the melting pot of America, our friendly neighbour Britain and the network of vision that is Europe. For us Leaders living in Ireland we have always been eager to have what our neighbours have – a system of Direct Payments. The Leader’s…

Aug 24, 2011,

Support needed – Montenegrin Government closed down the Council for the Care for Persons with Disabilities

Open letter to Montenegro President by Milan Šaranović, Acting Executive Director of the AYDM (Association of Youth with Disabilities of Montenegro), on the behalf of 12 Disabled people organizations. Download the letter (PDF) See the Montenegro government Decision on Establishing the Council for Protection against Discrimination, MNE. To support this letter send an email to secretariat@enil.eu  

Aug 13, 2011,

Slovenia: Letter of a user of Personal Assistance

    When my life started to change because of my illness I was 30 years old, in a rock&roll relationship and with a small child. I was just preparing to start to plan my new life goals, new insane ideas and a new peace. At that time nothing was going my way or the…