The EP Disability Intergroup elects its new Bureau

The Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament is an informal grouping of MEPs from all nationalities and all political groups who are interested in promoting the rights of persons with disabilities at the European Parliament as well as at national level.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.

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The first World Birth Defects Day is approaching

Our vision is for every child to be born with the best health possible and the potential for a full and productive life.A network of 12 leading global health organizations announces the first annual World Birth Defects Day, to be observed March 3, 2015. The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness about the occurrence of birth defects, develop and implement primary prevention programs, and expand referral and care services for all persons with birth defects.

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EPF Position Paper "Healthcare for all"

Patients have a fundamental right to the highest attainable standard of health29 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.

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