Press Releases

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.

Jun 16, 2017,

Inclusion Beyond Borders

From 28 May to 4 June, ENIL Youth and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) organised a joint study session on intercultural inclusive learning in the Council of Europe’s Youth Centre in Strasbourg.

Nov 30, 2016,


On 8 November, ENIL launched a new campaign “EU Funds for Our Rights” in the European Parliament.

Nov 30, 2016,

Local Culture and Independent Living

At the beginning of October, representatives of disabled people and their families from four continents gathered at an ENIL side-event to discuss the main challenges to the realisation of the right to live independently and be included in the community in their regions.