Press Releases

May 27, 2016,

Hundreds Joined ENIL’s 5th May Campaign

This year, the third European Independent Living Day was celebrated in Europe (and beyond!) with the presence of 30 countries. As Jamie Bolling (ENIL’s Executive Director) said back in 2014 – this day “aims to foster unity for disabled people and our supporters and to also raise awareness of Independent Living”

May 27, 2016,

“The Last Taboo” – Film Breaking Barriers

The ENIL Youth Network wants to share with you the success of the third ENIL study session, jointly organised with the Youth Department of the Council of Europe (17-24 April). It was entitled “Supporting young disabled people to explore sexuality and relationships as integral to their social inclusion and independent living” and brought together 22 young disabled people from 13 European countries.

Sep 08, 2015,

ENIL Press Release – Human Rights Recommendations to the EU from the CRPD Committee

The European Union (EU) has been examined for the first time by a UN human rights committee in Geneva – the expert Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in 2010, the EU was called to present the work it has done on the implementation of the Convention since then.

Aug 29, 2012,

ENIL Launches New Website

Dublin, 28 August 2012 – The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is pleased to launch its new website The website was redeveloped in order to ensure improved access to information about ENIL’s work and to provide up-to-date information about developments in the independent living of people with disabilities at the EU and national…

Apr 20, 2012,

Zero Project: Call for Good Policy and Practice

The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) is supporting the Zero Project in collecting good policy and practice examples for next year’s international conference and report. The focus is on the right of persons with disabilities to work and the deadline to submit nominations is 30th April 2012.   As explained by the Zero Project,…

Apr 12, 2012,

ENIL Nominates its Executive Director for the FRP Advisory Panel

ENIL Press Release   Apr. 5th, 2012  The European Network on Independent Living has nominated Jamie Bolling for a second term on the Fundamental Rights Platform Advisory Panel. The Advisory Panel supports the Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in the organisation and coordination of the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP), FRA‘s link…

Mar 29, 2012,

Press release: ‘A path to finding luck – the story of a disabled young man’

Danijel Spasojević Ljubljana, 31.1.2012 Daniel Spasojević is a 26 year old man. When he was 12 years old he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. Until recently he lived with his mother in an apartment in Celje where his mother assumed the role of family carer. This means that she provided assistance to him 24…

Feb 09, 2012,

Press release: ENIL and European United Left/Nordic Green Left Hold a Parliamentary Hearing on the Impact of EU’s Austerity Policy on Persons with Disabilities

On 9 February 2012, the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and the group of the European United Left/Nordic Green Left are holding a hearing in the European Parliament entitled ‘Defend the Right of Independent Living – How the EU’s austerity policy is undermining the lives of people with disabilities’. Some of the leading European…

Jan 20, 2012,

ENIL present in the discussion of Swedish Personal Assistance Law and Independent Living Monday at International Summit on Accessibility in Vienna

200 international politicians, NGO representatives, people with disability and academics gather at the Zero Conference in Vienna (Zero = no barriers). On January 22 and 23, 2012 the International Conference on Good Policies for Persons with Disabilities takes place for the first time in Vienna, Austria. It is part of the Zero Project – zero…

Dec 02, 2011,

ENIL Press Release: Cuts to Independent Living Services Call for More Rigorous Implementation of the UN Disability Convention in 2012.

Cuts to Independent Living services across Europe, slow progress towards de-institutionalisation, abuse of disabled people in institutional care, and some advancement in the right to Personal Assistance. This is a summary of 2011 by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) on the occasion of 3 December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. A…

Aug 08, 2011,

Press Coverage of Norwegian Killings Demonises Mental Health Support Needs

    As the world tries to understand how a tragedy like Norway could happen, speculation on the mental state of Anders Behring Breivik abounds in the international press.  This casual yet pervasive linkage between deviance and a concept of “madness” perpetuates and encourages stigma and prejudice surrounding mental health.  Such speculation is largely misinformed…

Jun 08, 2011,

UK Government Orders Immediate Enquiry Following Abuse, Harrassment and Violence against People with Challenging Behaviour in Bristol

UK Government Orders Immediate Enquiry Following the Abuse, Harassment and Violence against People with Challenging Behaviour in Bristol On 30 May the BBC Panorama programme[1] revealed a series of abuse in residential care for people with intellectual disabilities and autism near Bristol, UK. The programme showed residents, labelled as having challenging behaviour, being kicked, violently…

May 27, 2011,

ENIL Press Release: Vergeet Onze Japanse Broers En Zussen Niet!

Japan Council on Independent Living Centers EUROPEAN NETWORK on INDEPENDENT LIVING ENIL Press Release 26 mei 2011   Vergeet onze Japanse broers en zussen niet! Op 11 maart 2011 gebeurde het. Na een uitzonderlijk zware aardschok voor de kust van Japan volgde een alles verwoestende tsunami. De ravage was totaal, het aantal doden en vermisten…