ENIL Freedom Drive Update – May 2017

ENIL Freedom Drive Update – May 2017

ENIL Freedom Drive Update May 2017 –

dedicated to Martin Naughton, the founder of the ENIL Freedom Drive


This year, we have found an exciting venue for the Freedom Drive. The Autoworld in Brussels will house the ENIL Freedom Drive conference, the ENIL General Assembly and the Freedom Drive Cocktail and Dinner. The Autoworld is both a conference venue and a car museum – so, those who like cars will find it especially attractive! There will be limited places for these events of 300 persons (including places for personal assistants), so they will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you have not registered yet, please do so as soon as possible!

The Registration Form has been updated and can now be easily accessed here. Deadline for completing it is 15th June.

Motivational events

The ENIL motivational events will be led by ENIL members on Monday, 25th September, and will last for 1h30min. The following topics will be covered:

  • Setting up a CIL
  • Setting up a national Youth Network
  • Monitoring the UN CRPD
  • Being an ally to your child (for parents and carers)
  • Being a proud disabled person

You can find a poster on the motivational events here. Feel free to print and spread it!

These meetings will take place in the Mundo J building (Rue de l’Industrie 10) and are limited to 20 places per event, so if you wish to attend, please register early while places are still available. In case there is a lot of interest, we may suggest a system for country representation at each event. The events will start at 10:00h and will run until 19:30h, with 30 minutes in between. The exact schedule will be available closer to the Freedom Drive.

For those who cannot attend the Motivational events, ENIL would suggest another activity – visiting the House of European History (EU museum on the premises of the Parliament). The museum is an interactive place where you can learn more about the history and structure of the EU and its institutions.

Freedom Drive March

The Brussels police have approved the route for the Freedom Drive March, and we will soon communicate it to you. The start is planned near the European Parliament, from where we will go towards the European Commission and then to the Autoworld for the ENIL Conference and other events.

ENIL General Assembly

The General Assembly (GA) is the organization’s main decision-making body. It has to take place at least once in every three years.

The GA’s quorum is if one third of ENIL members from the Council of Europe Member States are represented, and at least 25 ENIL members are either physically present or have authorized present members to vote on their behalf. If you cannot attend the GA and are a member of ENIL, you can vote through a proxy vote. You should ask someone you know who is attending to take your proxy with them to the GA and then to vote on your behalf. See the proxy voting template here.

During the GA, the ENIL Board elections will be held. On this occasion, ENIL would like to encourage you again to send in nominations for elections to the ENIL Board, along with the CV of the person. We do have four nominations already, but the process is still open, so please send these to jamie.bolling@enil.eu no later than 15th June.

Independent Living Heroes

This month you will find the second article on ENIL Heroes who, among others, will be honored during the ENIL Freedom Drive March. This month, ENIL honors Donal Toolan – a great Irish Independent Living activist who sadly recently passed away.

In order to have heroes from across Europe celebrated during the Freedom Drive, ENIL would like to encourage our members to send us information about their local Independent Living heroes. Mher Hakobyan, our EVS volunteer, can be of support to you in writing articles that can be published on the ENIL website. Mher can be contacted at: evsvolunteer2@enil.eu

Our excitement is growing with the approaching of this important ENIL event. We hope you share our feelings, and we look forward to your getting your registration forms and welcoming you in Brussels in September.

Our hashtag for the ENIL 2017 Freedom Drive is #ENILFD17, so please use it whenever you post on the social media. Thank you!



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