The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is an informal grouping of MEPs from all nationalities and all political groups who are interested in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities at the European Parliament as well as at national level.30 January 2015 // Getting ready for the assessment of the European Union's work in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the Disability Intergroup has elected a whole new Bureau consisting of four co-presidents and eight vice-presidents.

This election took place in Strasbourg, during the first meeting the Disability Intergroup had had since being re-established. Although Intergroups have no legislative power, they are key elements in promoting an exchange of views between people from all nationalities and political groups.

Patients have a fundamental right to the highest attainable standard of health29 January 2015 // The European Patients Forum (EPF) released a position paper called “Healthcare for all” to promote the development of EU and national policies that tackle discrimination faced by patients in exercising their right to healthcare. EPF is strongly committed to realise its vision that all patients with chronic and/or lifelong conditions in the EU have access to high quality, patient-centred equitable health and social care. This implies that healthcare should be free of discrimination, and that it should be respectful of and responsive to the diversity of patients in the European Union. EPF encourages more engagement from the EU on this theme.

Read more on the EPF website.

Deadline for submission 14th March 201526 January 2015 // The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) would like to promote better employment opportunities for persons with disabilities, and your help is needed. EASPD invites you to share your best practice, model, method or tool by participating in the EASPD ‘Employment for All’ award.

 Your best practice will:

- Be published on a best practices compilation on www.easpd.eu (if selected)
- Be published in a compilation disseminated throughout Europe (if selected)
- Be considered for selection as one of the three nominees for the award.

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