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Mar 31, 2020, De-institutionalisation

EU Social Policy Agenda in 2020 and Beyond

On 29 January 2020, the European Commission published its 2020 workplan. ENIL has analysed it and decided to highlight some of the most promising initiatives in the area of social policy. Please read on for an overview of what to expect from the EU’s social front this and next year. Green Pillar? Remember the European…

Save the Date: 2021 Freedom Drive

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is happy to announce that the next Freedom Drive will take place from 21 – 23 September 2021 in Brussels. This will be our 10th Freedom Drive and we look forward to meeting friends and colleagues from all over Europe and beyond once again, for three days of…

Mar 31, 2020, Good Practice

ENIL Youth Impressions from the Zero Project Conference

From 19-21 February, together with Marianne Knudsen, a disability right activist from Norway, I represented ENIL at this year’s Zero Project Conference in Vienna. We were invited to be a part of the Youth Forum, as youth advocates, and to give our contribution to this year’s topic, which was education. Marianne had the honour to…

Mar 11, 2020, Europe in Action

European Independent Living Day to Focus on Liberty

On 5th May, disabled people, friends and allies across Europe will be marking the 7th European Independent Living Day. This year’s theme, proposed by the European Network on Independent Living, is LIBERTY. By choosing LIBERTY as the 5th May theme, we want to raise awareness about the fact that disabled people are often deprived of…

Mar 04, 2020, De-institutionalisation

Continued Concerns about Hungary’s Segregation of the Disabled

The European Network on Independent Living is deeply concerned about the continued institutionalisation of disabled people in Hungary, and the Government’s plans to build new institutions. MEOSZ – the National Federation of Associations of Persons with Physical Disabilities, a member of ENIL, set out a list of current problems in the country, with regard to…

Feb 27, 2020, De-institutionalisation

Will the New Greek De-institutionalisation Strategy Facilitate Independent Living?

Traditionally, Independent Living, Personal Assistance or even De-institutionalisation were not among the priorities of the governments and the “official” disability movement in Greece. Last years, these issues started to be slowly addressed, because of the pressure by Greek and international disabled Independent Living (IL) activists, as well as because of the UN Convention on the…

ENIL 2019 Freedom Drive Report

The 2019 Freedom Drive, organised by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), took place on 1 – 3 October in Brussels, under the motto “Loud and Proud”. The 9th edition of ENIL’s main campaigning event was special in two respects – it marked the 30th Anniversary of the European Independent Living movement and attracted…

Feb 27, 2020, Europe in Action

TRIPS Project to Make Transport More Accessible through Co-production

Independent Living means freedom of choice. This includes the right to travel freely, regardless of your access needs. Unfortunately, disabled people still face many barriers and challenges when using the transport in European cities. Inaccessible transportation makes it more difficult for all people with access needs to go to work, go to school or just…

Feb 27, 2020, News

Meet Our New Colleague – Laura

My name is Laura Alčiauskaitė. I have just joined the ENIL team as a coordinator of TRIPS project. The main idea of this project is to make the urban transport more accessible for everyone.  People with disabilities are the ones facing challenges while travelling, so they will be actively involved in the project by sharing…

Jan 31, 2020, Good Practice

APPLY NOW! Study Session: “Colors of Human Diversity”

 21-28 June 2020, European Youth Centre Strasbourg, France The study session will take place in Strasbourg, France from the 21st to 28th of June 2020. This includes 6 full days of programme (22-27 June 2020) and two travel days (21st and 28th June 2020). Coordinated by European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) Youth Network and…

Jan 31, 2020, De-institutionalisation

Sweden Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Closing Institutions

Time to celebrate or to take to the streets? 20 years since the closure of Sweden’s larger institutions for disabled people. It has been 20 years since Sweden’s deadline for the closure of country’s larger institutions, on January 1, 2000. People who have spent a short time or up to a whole lifetime, sometimes 70…

Jan 28, 2020, News

Meet Fatma Bulić, the New Chair of the ENIL Youth Network

In its recent board meeting, the new Board of the ENIL Youth Network elected its new chair and vice-chairs. As the new chair, it decided to elect Fatma Bulić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), while for the position of vice-chair it decided to appoint both Miroslava Ivanović (Montenegro) and Charlie Willis (United Kingdom). Below you can read…

Jan 23, 2020, De-institutionalisation

ENIL’s Proposals for the Post 2020 European Disability Strategy

Last week, Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli announced that a new Disability Equality Strategy will be put in place, replacing the one that expires in 2020. The work to shape the new strategy has begun and today, the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL Committee) debated a draft resolution on the EU disability…

Dec 27, 2019, De-institutionalisation

Good-bye 2019, Bring on 2020

As we schedule our ‘out of office’ replies at the European Network on Independent Living and start counting down to the end of yet another year, I would like to briefly reflect on 2019 and what it meant for us. Firstly, we will remember this year by turning 30 and taking the first steps into…

Dec 27, 2019, De-institutionalisation

EP Event Challenges Investments into Group Homes

On 2 December, the European Network on Independent Living, Disability Rights International (DRI) and the Validity Foundation organised an event in the European Parliament entitled ‘Group Homes – A Defensible Investment?’. The event was hosted by MEP Julie Ward (Socialists & Democrats) and took place in the framework of the European Disability and Development Week,…

Dec 27, 2019, News

Meet the New Board of the ENIL Youth Network

This December, the ENIL Youth Network elected its new Board, for the second time after its establishment. They have replaced the previous Board, composed of Rados Keravica (Serbia – chair), Rebecca Farren (UK – vice-chair), Andrey Sosnov (Russia), Beyza UnaI (Turkey), Marijeta Mojasevic (Montenegro) and Kamil Goungor (Greece – only for the first year). The…