SLOVENIA: Ajdovšščina - City friendly for People with Disability – EYPD 2003 project

During the closing Event of the EYPD 2003 in Rome the Minister of Labour, Family and Social Affairs, Dr. Vladimir Dimovski has in the Plenary session presented "AjdovššÄina - city friendly for people with disabilities" as a project developed by Federation of Disabled Workers of Slovenia during the European Year 2003.

ROMANIA: AHNR one of the winners of the Civil Society Awards Gala

An acknowledgement of the excelleny in the domain of social activism.

The second edition of the Civil Society Gala, a project of Millenium Communications, is the widest event in Romania speaking about values: civic spirit, social activism, etc.
Organizer of these edition was the Ethos Association of Communication. The principal jury of the Gala consisted of outsatnding personalities of the civil society like: Dan Manoleli, Mihai Oroveanu, Cristian Pârvulescu, Anca Harasim, Alin Teodorescu, Marian Preda, Alexandru Lazescu ºi Radu Dop.

Statistics on Disability and Care in Europe

The research

"Feasibility study about comparable statistics in the area of care of dependant adults in the European Union" ,

done by the Centre for European Social and Economic Policy, has been published by EUROSTAT and can be downloaded here (PDF, 1MB).


Research on "Illness, Disability and Social Inclusion" published

This report, containing statistics, evaluation of national policies, comparison of anti-discrimination laws and policy recommendations, published by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, can be found here.

Employment: One in six of the EU working-age population report disability (EUROSTAT)

Among the working-age population in the EU in 2002, 16.4% - one in every six reported that they had a long standing health problem or disability (LSHPD). Among the eight Acceding Countries taking part in the study, the proportion was 14.3%.

Publication: Access to social rights for people with disabilities in Europe (CoE, 20039

This report describes general principles and measures designed to give people with disabilities access to social rights in Europe.

It also identifies those obstacles that still impede access for people with disabilities to full participation in society. It also give numerous examples of good practice.This publication can be ordered from the Council of Europe:

Tel : +33/3/,
E-mail :,
Website :

Order reference : 92-871-5328-0.

Publication: Legislation against women with disabilities (CoE, 2003)

This publication analyses the underlying factors of double discrimination based on gender and handicap and proposes actions to achieve real equality.This publication can be ordered from the Council of Europe:

Tel : +33/3/,
E-mail :,
Website :

Order reference : 92-871-5316-7.

Publication: Legislation to counter discrimination against persons with disabilities (CoE, 2003)

This comparative analysis takes stock of existing legislation covering all areas of life such as education, mobility, accessibility, vocational guidance and training, employment, sports, leisure and culture, medical care, etc.

This report identifies three main approaches to achieve equality of opportunity: anti-discrimination legislation, preferential treatment and compensatory measures.This publication can be ordered from the Council of Europe:
Tel : +33/3/,
E-mail :,

European Council adopts conclusion on the follow-up of the European Year of People with Disabilities (EYPD 2003)

During their Council meeting on 1. and 2. December 2003, the Ministers of Employment and Social Affairs, adopted the conclusions on the follow up of the European Year of People with Disabilities.

These Conclusions invite the current and acceding Member States to pro-actively mainstream disability issues into relevant policy areas and to transpose and fully apply the Directive for equal treatment in employment and occupation.

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