27 January 2014 // Last week IF supported the International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) in the launch of the European Elections Statement. Development programmes and the Post-2015 development framework have to take into account the rights and needs of the most vulnerable people in developing countries, including those who live with a disability.
The signing of the IDDC European elections statement for MEPs comes down to one fact: in order to achieve really inclusive development cooperation, and to effectively work towards the goals of eradicating poverty and sustainable growth for all globally, it is imperative that we include people with disabilities who represent one in five people around the world.
14 January 2014 // IF has supported the proposal to declare 2014 European Year for reconciling work and family life, although in the light of the upcoming European elections this choice of the European Commission seems to be coherent. The European elections will indeed be a clear indicator of EU citizens' awareness and connection to the EU. Mobilising EU citizens at local level and linking them with citizens' movements at national and/or EU level is key to achieving a more inclusive and democratic Europe.
IF believes in the necessity of starting the debate on the work/life balance and is looking forward to contribute to the EY2014 Alliance activities. A special attention should be given to the parents of children with disabilities in their work and family reconciliation.
7 January 2014 // Following Lithuania, Greece took over the Presidency of the European Union from January to June 2014. The Greek priorities amongst others will focus on enhancing civic and society engagement in the EU, through policies and initiatives in response to citizens’ everyday problems, concerns and insecurities. People with spina bifida and hydrocephalus are indeed the group of citizens facing these multiple challenges every day.
As they stated, the Greek Presidency will work towards promoting successfully implemented initiatives and cooperation between Member States towards more effective health systems and better health. IF believes that some efforts will be dedicated to the Directive 2011/24/EU on patients' rights in cross-border healthcare, in particular the European Reference Networks that Member States should develop.