AGE joins NGO call for better promotion of gender equality, accessibility and non-discrimination in EU funds

AGE joined a coalition of NGOs to call upon EU decision-makers to uphold the issues of equality between women and men, accessibility for persons with disabilities and non-discrimination in the proposal for the Common Provisions Regulation 2021-2027 and in the Funds specific regulations.

In the current funding period 2014-2020, the EU structural and investment funds – including the European Social Fund, the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund – are covered by a common regulation that explicitly featured non-discrimination as a horizontal principle of the funds. This horizontal principle does not appear again in the European Commission draft regulation for the 2021-2027 funding period. 

In a common press statement, the 10 members of the coalition call for the restitution of a horizontal principle on non-discrimination in European funds, recalling EU’s obligations to promote equality between women and men and combat all forms of discriminations under the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU, the European Charter of Fundamental Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities
The statement also points out the important role played by the Common Provisions Regulations, in particular at a time where Europe is confronted with rising extremism, radicalism and inequalities.

Read our full joint statement here

AGE joint webinar on EU rail accessibility legislation

On 18 January AGE and the European Disability Forum (EDF) organised a webinar (online conference) on the topic EU Rail Accessibility Legislation for Beginners: Explaining the TSI- PRM”.
The webinar – in which two experts from AGE took part: Peter Rayner (from the National Pensioners Convention, UK) and Frans Moltzer (NL) – sought to explain what the EU do to improve rail accessibility, why many trains are still not accessibile today and how the situation can be improved.

The webinar has been recorded. You can watch the video on Youtube here (with captions). 

The presentation and a summary of the questions and answers can also be downloaded from EDF website. 

New resolution endorses call to protect older person’s rights

On 14 December 2016 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the ‘Annual Report on human rights and democracy in the world and the European Union’s policy on the matter 2015’, which includes a reference to older people’s human rights. The report of the European Parliament explicitly supports our call for a better use of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing (MIPAA), an active involvement in the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing of the United Nations, and a new international legal instrument that would address the particular challenges of older persons, as highlighted in AGE general declaration and Human rights Manifesto adopted by AGE members during their general assembly in November.

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