March 2023
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EUD Board meeting in Athens, Greece

The European Union of the Deaf (EUD) is set to hold its first board meeting of 2023, taking place in Athens, Greece from the 17th to the 19th of March. The meeting marks a significant occasion for the organisation, providing an opportunity to review the report from the previous year and to discuss the work program for the year ahead. Members of the board will be able to discuss further the upcoming General Assembly in 2023, set to take place in Stockholm, Sweden.

Hybrid Seminar

Background: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights treaty that sets out the rights of persons with disabilities. It was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 and has since been ratified by 182 countries, including all EU member states. The CRPD provides a framework for countries to ensure that persons with disabilities can fully enjoy their human rights and participate in all aspects of life on an equal basis with others. 

Webinar Objective: The objective of this webinar is to provide national perspectives on the implementation of the CRPD in Greece, France, Norway, UK, and Belgium. The webinar will highlight the achievements and challenges of each country in promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities. 

This is a hybrid seminar, and EUD Full Members would need to register to attend and get access to the Q&A session. We encourage all interested parties to join us for this important discussion on promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities. 

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UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Rights, Mr Gerard Quinn, publishes his report on his visit to the European Union

In February, UN Special Rapporteur on Disability Rights - Mr Gerard Quinn - published his report on the visit to the EU with a focus on the progress of EU laws and policies concerning employment, human rights, independent living and foreign policy of persons with disabilities.

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FUNKA event

On January 27th, EUD attended the FUNKA accessibility update in collaboration with EDF. The event was an important occasion to learn more about current and past projects on ICTs accessibility. Thanks to the participation of EDF, the meeting also provided valuable insights on relevant EU disability policies to monitor. 

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European Commission

Disability Platform

On February 14th, EUD attended the 5th European Commission's Disability Platform meeting during which important updates on the flagships initiatives of the EU Disability Rights Strategy 2021-2030 and on the EU’s reporting to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) were provided.

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Exchange of views with civil society organised by the European Centre of Expertise  

On February 16th, EUD joined the "Exchange of views with civil society organisations on priorities for the European Semester 2023 against the background of the energy crisis". The event aimed to involve civil society and provide a detailed analysis of the consequences of the energy crisis.

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Web Accessibility Action Plan

On January 20th, the European Commission published the Web Accessibility Action Plan, a multiannual action plan which aims to foster accessibility in websites and mobile applications operated by the European Commission. In this article, EUD analyzes the plan by going through its main points and by providing a deaf perspective.

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Upcoming trips

ENS: "The Deaf Woman (cannot) do everything" conference
8 March 2023
Milan, Italy

EUD Board Meeting
17- 18 March 2023
Athens, Greece

EUD & HFD Hybrid Seminar
17 March 2023
Athens, Greece

Free Tech Signs Consortium Meeting
22 - 24 March 2023
Brussels, Belgium

SignON's roundtable discussion
25 April 2023
Madrid, Spain

Sofia Isari
EUD President
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