The European elections are YOUR elections
In June 2009, European Parliament elections will simultaneously take place in the 27 European Union countries. The European Parliament exists to represent the voice of ALL EU citizens and is the only directly-elected body of the European Union. The Members of the European Parliament and YOUR vote, the votes of the more than 50 million disabled citizens, their families and friends CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE to ensure that citizens with disabilities can fully enjoy their civil, social, economic and political rights.
08 June 2009 /// EDF is pleased for the first ever Deaf person and Sign Language user elected to the European Parliament. According to EUD website, Ádám Kósa won his seat in the European Parliament as his party FIDESZ secured 56.37% of the votes nationally in Hungary. Through that percentage of votes, FIDESZ won 14 seats for the European Parliament and Ádám Kósa was 12th in the list.
The European elections are taking place across 27 Member States until 7 June. EDF calls on every citizen to go to the polls and vote for the candidates who will design a Europe for all.
From 4 to 7 June 2009, millions of citizens will have the chance to vote in the elections to the European Parliament. Most will be able to cast their votes without problem. But others will find themselves disenfranchised through reasons of older age or disability. And they constitute more then 10% of voters. ANEC analysed which modern solutions and standards should be used to help everyone exercise democratic choice.
The European Parliament Election will end next week. The European Disability Forum asks the right Questions for Europe on Euronews.
A new law supported by representatives of all parties elected in the Italian Parliament was unanimously approved by the Italian Parliament last 14 May.
How will the Parliament improve the life of persons with Disabilities in Europe? EDF is asking all parties to express their view on 7 key questions on disability in Europe. EL President Francis Wurz answered the disability movement.
Inclusion Europe and My Opinion my vote encourage people with intellectual disabilities to vote in next European Elections. Download easy-to-read material here.
In view of the forthcoming European elections that will take place on the 7th of June. the Belgium Disability Forum organised a debate meeting. The majority of the political parties were represented. The discussion was based on the memorandum published by the BDF in February 2009, supported by the 8 representatives of the parties.
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How will the Parliament improve the life of persons with disabilities in Europe? EDF is asking all parties to express their view on 7 key questions on disability. PES President Poul Nyrup Rasmussen is the first to answer.
Since the beginning of the European election campaign, EDF and its members are raising the Disability involvement into the construction of a European Union for all citizens. EDF strongly welcomes Carlo Rossetti independent candidate for Italia dei Valori to subscribe the Manifesto. Read its commitments here and zoom on our top 10 priorities.
Down Syndrome Ireland organised a Media training addressed to all its members to send strong common messages to local journalists and candidates during the European electoral campaign.
Different associations from Italy, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Malta and Hungary worked together to empower people with learning disabilities through active citizenship and participation in the European elections.
UK Organisation Leonard Cheshire Disability held a conference end of March in Dundee urging political parties in the forthcoming Euro elections to do much more to cater for the one million disabled people in Scotland.
The 'Fédération Francophone des Sourds de Belgique' (F.F.S.B) raises awareness about the European Elections and the fundamental right of accessing the campaign
The European Disability Forum (EDF) launched its "gender proof European elections Manifesto" stressing the situation of women with disabilities in the European Union. The EDF fully support the European Women's Lobby and its 50/50 campaign.
The government of Czech Republic will ratify the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in the next months
Dr. Ádám KÓSA, President of SINOSZ to run for MEP