On the 1st and the 2nd of June, EUD attended the Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the European Disability Forum (EDF). EUD’ official delegate to the AGA was EUD Vice President Dr Gergely Tapolczai.
Prior to the EDF AGA European conference “Smart Travel – Partnership and technology making European travel more accessible” took place during which the partnerships with and participation of persons with disabilities during the policy making as well as the role of technology and innovation to ensure accessibility while traveling were discussed.
After the conference, during EDF AGA the report on EDF’s achievements in 2018 as well as the work programme for 2019 were presented. Topics such as EU Elections 2019, Disability Strategy 2020 – 2030, the implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the UN CRPD, the process of the European Semester and the involvement of organisations representing people with disabilities were discussed.
EUD Vice President Dr Gergely Tapolczai presented EUD’s advocacy campaign for the EU Elections 2019, which included the collaboration with the European Parliament while producing the video ‘Choose Your Future’ and making it available in 31 sign languages, EUD’s, EUDY’s and efli’s joint advocacy campaign ‘Don’t Leave Deaf Voters Behind’ and other actions that were undertaken by EUD to ensure that deaf voters can meaningfully exercise right to political participation during EU Elections 2019.