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ACTION TIME: THE DISABILITY MOVEMENT URGES THE EU TO WALK THE TALK NOW

ACTION TIME: THE DISABILITY MOVEMENT URGES THE EU TO WALK THE TALK NOW

2010. 05. 09.

Francisco Moza, Spanish Secretary of State for Social Affairs,  addressed more than 200 representatives from national federations and European disability associations. Mr Moza reassured persons with disabilities and their families of the current EU Spanish Presidency’s commitment to advance work in disability policies, in close cooperation with the disability movement.

EDF believes that the crisis was caused by irresponsible lending and unacceptable negligence by those in charge of the financial institutions and regulatory bodies of the world. The emergency resolution adopted urges the European governments to make sure that people with disabilities do not pay for the national budget crisis by severe cuts in their income and support services.

Yannis Vardakastanis EDF President reminded that 1 364 984 citizens have called for comprehensive protection of the rights of persons with disabilities in the European legislation; and they are still looking for a concrete answer from the Europe institutions. Mr Vardakastanis, urged the EU institutions and Members States to go from declarations to achieving specific goals: “The time for action has come: it is now the moment to include the Disability Pact in Europe 2020, the EU strategy for the next decade, the time to ratify the UN Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, and to adopt a strong anti discrimination directive.” The President of EDF referred to the next inter-ministerial European meeting on disability in less than two weeks time, and called on all ministers to deliver concrete results.

“Nothing about us without us is the essence of the disability movement: Through our collective work and through our personal commitment at local, national and European level, we will continue to improve the life of persons with disabilities” said Mr Vardakastanis addressing the 200 participants. “The disability movement is ready and willing to speak with one voice and live up to the expectations of more than 65 million Europeans with disabilities.”

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