28 February 2014 // The European Parliament adopted the 'Justice Programme' and the 'Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme' to be the major source of financial support in the field of justice, equality and fundamental rights. The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme will promote the enjoyment of the rights derived from the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and enforce gender equality and non-discrimination. The programme replaces its predecessors- Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Programme, Daphne III Programme and the Progress Programme in the actions on Anti-discrimination and Gender Equality. The budget for the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme in the period 2014-2020 is 439 million euro.
The Justice Programme should encourage the European cooperation on criminal matters and support EU action to tackle drug abuse. 378 million euro will be invested through programme in the period 2014-2020. The programme took over three programmes of period 2007-2013- Civil Justice, Criminal Justice and Drug Prevention and Information Programmes. The European Commission will launch the first call for proposals in April 2014. Read more on the EC website
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What: 25th International Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Congress: "GENErating Changes" - toward a new scientific and social paradigm
When: 6 - 7 June 2014
Pte. Perón Avenue 1500
(CP 1629) Derqui, Pilar - Buenos Aires
Draft agenda: Download the draft programme
Note: to register for the IF General Meeting please follow this link
12 February 2014 // Last weekend, the IF Board met in Madrid at the new premises of La Asociación Madrileña de Espina Bífida (AMEB). Among the issues discussed were: review of the strategy, mission, budgetary issues, and statements.
One of the forthcoming innovations will be the establishment of a global network of experts, chaired by the IF President, Margo Whiteford. The network will consist of professionals, prominent scientists, and foremost specialists in their respective fields. The experts, coming from various areas, relevant to people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus, will become our spokespersons and we will base our official positions on their expertise. The main issues to be targeted by the network will be related to: Human Rights, Social Inclusion, Services and Care, Public Health, Causes, and Genetics. More details soon.