Press Releases

May 05, 2022,

Press Release: ENIL Calls on the EU to fully implement the UN CRPD

In Brussels, 5 May 2022 – On the occasion of the 9th Edition of the Independent Living Day on the 5th of May, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) calls on the EU to ensure the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD). The European Network…

Apr 20, 2021,

Press Release: Disability Groups File Second Complaint against Austria for EU Funds Misuse

Vienna and Brussels, 20 April 2021 – Independent Living Austria (ILA) and the European Network for Independent Living (ENIL) filed a second official complaint to the European Commission against Austria. The complaint concerns the misuse of an estimated 3.2 million EUR from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), used in Tyrol for the renovation…

Jul 08, 2020,

Press Release: EU Structural Funds Used to Segregate Disabled People in Austria

Vienna and Brussels, 8 July 2020 – 7.5 million Euros of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) have been used in Upper Austria to build institutions and sheltered employment facilities for disabled people. The investment went ahead despite Austria’s and the European Union’s obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons…

Feb 28, 2019,

Personal Assistance Checklist

In November and December 2018, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) piloted the Personal Assistance Checklist (PA Checklist) – a new tool for assessing personal assistance schemes from the perspective of independent living. The PA Checklist was created by ENIL, as part of the project ‘User-Led Personal Assistance in the European Union: A Critical…

Feb 28, 2019,

ENIL Launches Elections Toolkit

In less than 3 months, there will be elections for new Members of the European Parliament (2019 – 2024) in all EU Member States. In preparation for the elections, ENIL has prepared an Elections Toolkit. The Toolkit is aimed at disabled people, disabled people’s organisations and our allies. In the Toolkit, you will find: ✓…

Feb 11, 2019,

Bulgaria Must Suspend the Construction of 68 Institutions for the Disabled

Brussels and Sofia, 11 February 2019 – The European Network on Independent Living, the Centre for Independent Living Sofia and the Validity Foundation are calling on the Bulgarian Government to immediately suspend a programme which will channel European Structural and Investment (ESI) Funds into the building of a large number of residential care facilities for…

Dec 11, 2018,

ENIL, EDF and EWL Call for Resignation of Iceland MPs

Six Members of the Icelandic Parliament were overheard making sexist and ableist comments about a number of prominent women in a bar. This is inexcusable hate speech and we call for their immediate resignation. We, the European Disability Forum (EDF), the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) are outraged…

Dec 03, 2018,

Respect the Role of Grassroots Disability Advocacy

Brussels, 3 December – This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is celebrating all disabled people who are using this day to demand their rights. One of these is Eduardo Jorge in Portugal, who left the nursing home to camp out in front of the Portuguese Assembly, while…

Nov 12, 2018,

One Year After the Social Pillar: Will Europe Vote for Segregation or Inclusion?

Discriminatory laws and policies still force disabled people to live apart, use special services, live in segregated institutions. We want this to end with the next elections. In 2018, thousands of disabled people across Europe are still hidden away from society. Contrary to promises, European funds still promote segregation in some Member States, as shown…

Oct 24, 2018,

Independent Living Movement Meets in Valencia to Discuss Ways Forward

Valencia and Brussels, 24th October 2018 – Twelve years ago, Spain ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Despite this, people with disabilities continue to be placed in newly built institutions and many do not have control over their lives. A joint effort is needed to counter efforts by the Government,…

Oct 10, 2018,

Croatia: End Confinement of People with Disabilities

(Brussels, October 10, 2018) – Croatia’s government should end the confinement of children and adults with disabilities in institutions, five disabled people’s and human rights organizations said today in a letter to Prime Minister Andrej Plenković. Despite some initial progress, the process of moving people out of institutions and into community-based living has stalled, the…

May 05, 2018,

Disabled Europeans Take to Streets on the 5th Independent Living Day

Now in its 5th year, the European Independent Living Day is celebrated by disabled people, their families and friends across Europe. It is an opportunity to raise awareness about the right of all disabled people to live independently and to be included in the community, the many barriers disabled people face in their everyday lives…

Sep 06, 2017,

ENIL Welcomes Key UN Guidance on the Right to Independent Living

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.