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Welcome to June's edition of ENIL, Independent Living News!

In this edition we introduce you to Rados Keravica, who is currently working as Regional Coordinator for Europe, on the Project Disability Rights Promotion International ( DRPI) and he tells us how he got this job and what his greatest achievement has been so far. 

ENIL was represented in June at the ULOBA Pride Parade in Oslo which highlighted the rights of disabled people to Independent Living and that this right should be reflected in Norwegian legislation. ENIL was also represented at the 6th International Disability Law Summer School which focused on Access to Justice and Political Participation as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ( UNCRPD). 

Also in this edition we would like to update you on our project "Proud, Strong and Visible - Promoting Choice, Control and Participation of Disabled people" which is funded by the European Commission 2014 Progress Action Grant and all of the activities we have coming up! We would also like to remind you to please nominate a good practice or policy concerning Independent Living and Political Participation for the Zero Project. 

We hope you enjoy this edition of our newsletter!

Role Model: Rados Keravica 

Radoš Keravica is a person with mobility impairment who studied economics at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia, Faculty of economics, Department for European Economics and Business where he was awarded a BSc degree in 2009 and later on in 2013 a Master degree at the same department.  During his studies, his research related to functioning of institutions of the European Union (EU), common EU policies, process of EU integration as well as political and economic aspects of the EU. His academic research also related to social entrepreneurship as an instrument of social policies. . 

ULOBA Pride Parade 2014!

ULOBA started this year’s Pride Parade with an appeal to the Norwegian Parliament. Vibeke Marøy Melstrøm the ULOBA director was clear with her demands. She told politicians that she and ULOBA were expecting their rights in order to both participate and contribute to society to be upheld! She expressed satisfaction with the new legislation proposal on personal assistance with the service becoming a civil right but that she and ULOBA members are waiting for it to be adopted and implemented!

ENIL's Progress so far in 2014!  

So far in 2014, we have undertaken a number of activities including the Campaign against the cuts and their impact on the lives of disabled people in Europe which was organised by the Alliance Against Cuts on the first European Independent Living Day on the 5th May 2014. Members in over twenty countries held activities throughout Europe to mark this day. The Alliance Against Cuts will hold their next meeting in July 2014 and will refocus and decide how to continue with this campaign, with the election of new Members of Parliament.

 ENIL represented at 6th Disability Law Summer School

The National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) organised their 6th International Disability Law Summer School from the 16th to the 20th of June 2014. In general terms, this summer school informs about the current status of the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities. The core focus of this year was on Access to Justice and Political Participation.

Activists in France call for accessibility for all!

On February 26th 2014, the French Prime Minister announced that the deadline to make the city accessible to all users, including all disabled people will be postponed.
French law on disability, voted in 2005, made it compulsory for any public building, public transportation system and street to be accessible to all users before January 1st, 2015. It was made clear that many exemptions would be allowed upon request.  Why then making another one?

Nominate Independent Living NOW! The Zero Project!

The Zero Project team would like to invite leading experts and organizations to nominate outstanding practices and policies concerning this year’s topic:
Independent Living and Political Participation
The Innovative Policies and Practices selected by internationally renowned experts in a multistep process will be:
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