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Disability is a key area of work under the EU social policy, EU fundamental rights agenda, and now also under the EU Internal Market agenda (aiming to make some goods and services accessible to persons with disabilities).

The European Union has ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and we are closely monitoring the implementation of this Convention together with UN and EU bodies, as well as key EU stakeholders. We are members of the European Disability Forum, as well as other alliances. We are currently co-chair of the European Expert Group on Deinstitutionalisation.

COFACE’s disability work centres on advocating for decent services to help family carers in their role as supporters of their relatives (see our European Charter of Family Carers), and on promoting the transition from institutional to community-based settings in the social/health sector to ensure families and their members are fully included in their communities. Our COFACE Disability branch meets at least once a year to discuss key issues such as these, and to ensure that families of people with disabilities have a voice in EU policy and law-making.


European Day Of Persons With Disabilities 2016

European Day of Persons with Disabilities 2016

As every year, the European Commission celebrated the Day of Persons with Disabilities by organising a big conference in Brussels together with the European Disability Forum on 29-30 November. Since 2016, we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights…

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European Reconciliation Package

European Reconciliation Package

The European Reconciliation Package is a unique policy document, as it covers the entire European Union, as well applies a systemic approach to the complex issue of work-life balance, to both its related challenges and possible solutions. It is the main policy…

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Raising Awareness On World Prematurity Day By EFCNI

Raising awareness on World Prematurity Day by EFCNI

World Prematurity Day on 17 November was initiated by our member EFCNI and partnering European parent organisations in 2008. Meanwhile, countless individuals and organisations are currently joining forces with activities, special events and commit to action to help address preterm…

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COFACE-Disability Annual Meeting 2016

COFACE-Disability annual meeting 2016

On 21 October 2016, COFACE Disability (consisting of organisations representing families of people with disabilities) held its annual meeting in Brussels led by Chantal Bruno, President of COFACE Disability. The meeting gathered over 15 participants for an update on key…

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