ENIL 2017 Freedom Drive: One Year to Go!

ENIL 2017 Freedom Drive: One Year to Go!

There is only one year left until ENIL celebrates the next Freedom Drive, which will again take place in Brussels. The European Union capital has to become more accessible and there is hope that with the Freedom Drive being staged in Brussels, this will finally become a reality.

The theme for the ENIL 2017 Freedom Drive is “Investment in the future! A voice for All! Children’s voices need to be heard!” .


Dates: 24-28 September 2017

Place: Brussels (with exact locations to be confirmed)

The goals of the ENIL 2017 Freedom Drive:

  • To continue raising awareness on the need for an accessible Brussels – our European capital;
  • To facilitate an exchange on Independent Living, with the aim to inspire Independent Living activists;
  • To provide opportunities for development of new ideas, strategies and partnerships.

Tentative plan:

24-25 September:  Motivational meeting for ENIL members on the topic “Investment in the future! A voice for All! Children’s voices need to be heard!”

26 September: National MEP meetings – a chance for Freedom Drivers to meet their MEPs and visit Brussels;

27 September:

10:00h – 12:00h: ENIL General Assembly

13:30h – 15:30h: March from the European Parliament to the European Commission

15:30h – 22:00h Conference and celebration

28 September: Independent Living development meetings – various meetings with organisations active at EU level to develop ideas, strategies and partnerships on Independent Living


Planning your participation:

ENIL has prepared a fundraising guide to help you raise funds to cover your costs of getting to the 2017 Freedom Drive. You can find it here.

We would like to advise everyone planning to take part to start booking hotels now. Experience shows that accessible accommodation in Brussels is limited and becomes very expensive the longer we wait to book. You can find a list of hotels with accessible rooms here and a list of more affordable accommodation near Brussels here.

Other useful links:

Save the dates, book your hotels, start planning!

See you in Brussels in 2017!

For more information, please send an email to secretariat@enil.eu

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