Map of Signatures and RatificationsBrussels 13 may 2016 // Finland ratifies the Convention and the Optional Protocol on 11 May 2016, bringing the total number of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) to 164 and total ratification of the Optional Protocol to 89.The Convention and its Optional Protocol will thus enter into force for Finland on 10 June 2016. At European level, to date, the CRDP has been ratified by almost all the 29 Member States, the only exceptions are Ireland and The Netherlands (which has signed but not yet ratified), and the European Union itself.

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European Reference Network logoBrussels 6 May 2016 // EURORDIS developed a European Patient Advocacy Group (ePAG) for each European Reference Network (ERN) disease grouping to ensure that the needs of all people living with a rare disease are considered and included in the ERN development process.

Euopean independent livingBrussels 5 May 2016 // 5th May, the third European Independent Living Day, is a great opportunity to raise awareness on independent living. Although the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) affirms the rights of all people to live independently and in their communities as set out in Article 19 the reality shows that even though much has been done, more efforts are needed to guarantee that people with disabilities have the control over their lives.

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