FD update – 15th September 2015
Dear Freedom Drivers,
One week after the last Freedom Drive update and one week closer to THE event!
In the following text you will find most up-to-date information about:
- Translation in the Parliament
- Access to the Parliament
- Contest for Independent Living projects/campaigns
- The march
- Change in the conference program
- Volunteers needed
Transport in Brussels
As we already noted, the public transport in Brussels is only partly accessible and we are doing our best to organise transport that suits the access needs of all Freedom Drive participants. With a 3-day ticket (18 euro) you will be able to travel on the entire STIB network during the event. This should be bought in advance and we will make sure the ticket will wait for you in your hotel upon arrival. To order it, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Payment can be made to ENIL bank account:
Account Name: European Network on Independent Living
BANK: Bank BNP Paribas
BIC (SWIFT): GEBABEBB
IBAN: BE38 0017 5966 4872
If you haven’t sent us your hotel information and you wish to use the 3-day pass, we would like to ask you to mail the information to us as soon as possible! Emails to be sent to Frank Sioen at email@example.com
Alternatively, you can pay in cash at the welcome desk at Bel Brussels.
For transport to and from the airport:
- Bus lines 21 and 12 to schuman station (accessible) or Luxemburg station (not accessible)
- Taxi verts (45 euro); the taxi company’s website is also available in English, but there is no option for reservation. You have to call them at the airport and wait for your taxi to arrive
- Taxi Hendriks accepts reservations, but their website is only in Dutch and French;
- You can find information on how to book assistance on the train on the following link. This should be done at least 24h in advance
- To get to Brussels from the airport of Charleroi you can take a train until 22.00h, after that you can only take a taxi (expensive – 77 euro!). If you are able to cope with a few stairs and have a manual wheelchair, you can also take a shuttle bus till 23.59h, visit this link for info
Some other useful links:
Translation in the Parliament
Translation in the Parliament will be supplied for English, French and Polish. These have been negotiated with MEP Plura. We have also gained access to the translation booths, so if you have a volunteer translator from your group, this person could use the booth. Please contact Dilyana Deneva at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have someone who could provide the translation.
Changes in the conference programme
The first session of the conference programme on Thursday, 1st October, has now been modified. Please see the link with updated information.
Access to the Parliament
As we informed you last week, the safety unit in the European Parliament decided to limit the number of participants for our meeting to a maximum of 100 people. We are still working hard to find the best solution to this as there are more Freedom Drivers who would like to attend the meeting! However, if this restriction stays, we have prepared lists with at least one representative from each organisation and have made sure that all present countries (currently 25 in our lists!) are represented. We will keep you updated about any developments around this issue.
Good examples for best Independent Living project/campaign during the year
ENIL reminds you to think about the best Independent Living project/campaign that you (your organisation) has implemented during the past year. We plan to have a ‘showing table’ with materials during Freedom Drive where you can share with all your creativity and good results! Please send your nomination to email@example.com before the 25th September!
We will need some extra hands during registration and for some other small tasks during the whole Freedom Drive. If you wish to help us, please state this when you arrive in Bel Brussels or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s make some noise!
Being proud, strong and visible during the march is essential, so please bring all sorts of materials attracting the attention – whistles, hats, t-shirts, flags, posters with Independent Living slogans… Whatever you can think of – bring it with you and use it on Wednesday during the march.
We are gathering at 10.00h at Jubelpark (in the middle of the park) and will start moving at 12.00h. By 13.30h we should have reached the Parliament. The head of the disability unit Maria Cabral is supposed to greet the Freedom Drivers at the Commission building. If you are active on Facebook and plan to join the march, join it also virtually, by visiting this link.
Also, download the Freedom Drive Participant Pack for all the needed information in a few slides!