the EU Accessibility ActBrussels 2 December 2015 // One day before the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, the European Commission has published the European Accessibility Act, which has been under development since 2012.

The Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen stressed the importance of the Accessibility Act  in ensuring that innovative, affordable and accessible goods and services will be available for persons with disabilities in the EU.

Day of Persons with DisabilitiesBrussels 1 december 2015 // The International Day of Persons with Disabilities – 3 December- was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations. Since then, the European Commission, to mark this date, has celebrated the European Day of Persons with Disabilities to show that people with disabilities across Europe face common challenges, concerns and needs, and they have the right to equality of opportunity. 

On this occasion, the European Commission's DG for Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion  and the European Disability Forum  organise the annual conference focused on children and young people with disability under the theme: "Growing together in a barrier-free Europe".

folic acid 1Brussels 26 November 2015 // The prevalence of neural tube defects (NTD) in Europe has not declined substantially in the past 20 years, despite long-standing recommendations for women to take folic acid supplements if planning a pregnancy,  is the main finding of a new study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Total prevalence remains ~9 per 10.000. According to Hermien de Walle from EUROCAT, this could be 5 per 10.000 with optimal use of folic acid.

Experts analysed data for more than 11,000 cases of neural tube defects from 28 EUROCAT registries covering approximately 12.5 million births in 19 countries between 1991 and 2011. 

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