ENIL 2017 Freedom Drive

The Freedom Drive is coming to Brussels for the second time – from 24 to 28 September 2017. You can find regularly updated information about the event here.

You can register by completing the Registration Form by 15 June 2017.

Download Freedom Drive’s flyer here.

Freedom Drive on Facebook.


The goals of the ENIL 2017 Freedom Drive:

  • To continue raising awareness on the need for an accessible Brussels – the European capital
  • Independent Living exchange for inspiration of ENIL members
  • Developing partnerships to promote Independent Living

Overview of the week*

24 September:18:00h-20:00h – Freedom Drive Kick-off; venue to be announced

25 September:

Motivational Events – four meetings on the following topics:

1) Setting up a CIL

2) Setting up a national youth network

3) Support for parents and allies to their children


Spaces are limited to 20 persons per meeting, so register quickly by sending an email to dilyana.deneva@enil.eu as registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Venue: Meeting rooms at Mundo J, Rue de l’Industrie 10

26 September:

National MEP meetings – if you need support for planning your meeting, you can request an ENIL Staff or Board member to brief your group. You can do so by sending an email to Dilyana Deneva at dilyana.deneva@enil.eu

Venue: European Parliament

27 September:

10:00h – 12:30h: March from the European Parliament to the European Commission under the theme ’Independent Living Heroes: Past, Present and Future’

Venue: Meeting point near the European Parliament (TBC)

12:30h – 13:30h  Pre-conference lunch (for conference participants)

14:00h – 17:00h   ENIL Freedom Drive Conference on the topic ’Independent Living: A Voice for All’

Venue: Autoworld, Parque de Cirquantenaire 11

14:00h – 14:30 Opening session with Commissioner Thyssen

Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Marianne Thyssen will open the conference. Two sessions will follow during which children’s voices are to be heard.

14:30h – 15:45h   Panel 1 – The protection of children’s rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)

15:45h – 16:45h   Panel 2 – Moving on to better inclusion and participation of disabled children in the disability movement

16:45h – 17:00h   Conference Closure

17:30h – 19:30h   ENIL General Assembly

19:30h – 23:00h   ENIL Freedom Drive Celebration Cocktail and Dinner

28 September:

Independent Living development meeting

14:00h – 16:00h    Meeting on Human Rights

Places will be booked on a first-come, first-served basis as they are limited to 20 persons.

Venue: Meeting room at Mundo J, Rue de l’Industrie 10

*Please note that this programme is subject to changes.

For further information, send an email to Dilyana Deneva at dilyana.deneva@enil.eu

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