Press Releases

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.

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…