2 February 2015 // Ms. Laura Ferrara, MEP, is the European Parliament Rapporteur of the own-initiative report on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union for the years 2013-2014. She believes the time has come for the EU to set up a true internal strategy on fundamental rights. As the only European institution directly elected by citizens, she wants the Parliament to play an important role in shaping this strategy and for civil society organisations to be fully involved in this process. In order to shed some light on the situation of fundamental rights in the Member States, she asks organisations to share their experiences. We encourage you to respond to her questions:
1) According to your direct experience, what are the major issues of fundamental rights in your country and in the EU?
2) In particular, could you outline your experience - if any - on the impact of austerity measures on fundamental rights in your country but also the impact of those measures on your institution?
30 January 2015 // Getting ready for the assessment of the European Union's work in implementing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the Disability Intergroup has elected a whole new Bureau consisting of four co-presidents and eight vice-presidents.
This election took place in Strasbourg, during the first meeting the Disability Intergroup had had since being re-established. Although Intergroups have no legislative power, they are key elements in promoting an exchange of views between people from all nationalities and political groups.
29 January 2015 // The European Patients Forum (EPF) released a position paper called “Healthcare for all” to promote the development of EU and national policies that tackle discrimination faced by patients in exercising their right to healthcare. EPF is strongly committed to realise its vision that all patients with chronic and/or lifelong conditions in the EU have access to high quality, patient-centred equitable health and social care. This implies that healthcare should be free of discrimination, and that it should be respectful of and responsive to the diversity of patients in the European Union. EPF encourages more engagement from the EU on this theme.
Read more on the EPF website.