EUROPEAN STRUCTURAL AND INVESTMENT FUNDS
European Structural and Investment Funds can make a difference in European countries for persons with disabilities in improving accessibility, fighting poverty and social exclusion and increasing education and employment opportunities among other things.
New strong rules are in place covering the period 2014-2020 and EDF and its members are actively engaged for a correct implementation and monitoring of these rules both at national and European level.
No project co-funded with European money can promote discrimination against people with disabilities or other groups of citizens.
In the last years, EDF worked in the area of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) mainly to influence the on-going negotiations on the operational programmes and monitor the implementation of disability related provisions and the partnership principle.
EDF is member of the European Commission group of experts on the Funds; we actively contributed to the exchange regarding the involvement of organisations of persons with disabilities and the implementation of the non-discrimination clauses.
EDF actively contributed to the work of the Social Platform work on structural funds, raising awareness of disability related provisions.
EDF and its members’ worked on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) paying particular attention to the misuse of structural funds.
At this regards EDF answered the public inquiry launched by the European Ombudsman on whether EU Funds are used in the respect of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
EDF supported its members’ work at a national level, and facilitated exchange among its members establishing an email expert group on the Funds.