European Accessibility ActBrussels 1 February 2016 // IF is pleased to see that the European Commission answered to the recommendation in Article 9 of the Concluding Observations of the CRPD on Accessibility and published the long awaited European Accessibility Act.

IF welcomes the publishing of the European Accessibility Act as it provides for more products and services to be accessible for all, which has a particular relevance for persons with disabilities. The proposal focuses extensively on economic and market aspects such as removing barriers to the free movement of goods and services. Therefore, we are pleased that persons with disabilities using any of the listed services or products will benefit from a lower and more competitive price thanks to increased cross-border trade and mobility. 

EP Public Hearing UNCRPDBrussels 28 January 2016 // The International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) participated in the European Parliament’s Public Hearing focusing on the UN’s recommendations to the EU.

In September 2015, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD Committee) adopted the final recommendations to the EU on how the EU can promote and protect the rights of persons with disabilities in Europe.

European Disability CardBrussels, 21 January 2016 // On January 12, the European Commission published the recipients for the grant that Member States could use to launch the pilot project for the European Disability Card.  The recipients for the grant that Member States could use to launch the pilot project are Belgium, Cyprus, Malta, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Romania, and Slovenia. The Card not only gives people with disabilities recognition of status as they travel between participating countries, it also allows access to certain benefits in the areas of culture, leisure, transports and sport. 

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