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MEP candidates: sign now our pledge for an autism-friendly EU!

Autism-Europe is asking candidates to the European Parliament to sign its pledge to cooperate for autism-friendly policies in the European Union during  the next mandate of the European Parliament from 2019 to 2024.  

AE has also highlighted the priorities of autistic people in Europe in its manifesto released in the framework of its campaign “A New Dynamic for Autism”.

Download the pledge

AE wants candidates to commit to:

  1. support autistic people of all ages and needs, and their families, in their parliamentary work;
  2. support measures for the full inclusion of autistic people in society, and the full respect of their rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;
  3. support the removal of barriers preventing autistic people from partaking in education, employment and other areas of life that can foster greater autonomy;
  4. support investment in EU initiatives that favour the social inclusion of autistic people and support for their unique needs;
  5. support the promotion of diagnosis and early, science-based interventions for autistic children;
  6. be open to discussing issues important to the autism community with representative autism organisations.

AE also encourages its members and network to download the pledge, to translate it and to disseminate it amongst MEP candidates from their country. Once signed, please send a scanned copy to AE at: communication@autismeurope.org.

Commitment of current MEPs

On World Autism Awareness Day 2019 (April 2), 47 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from 19 different countries met with Autism-Europe’s team in the European Parliament to show their support for autistic people in Europe and for “A New Dynamic for Autism” campaign.  

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List of signatures

  1. Biljana Borzan from Croatia
  2. Andreas Themistocleous from Cyprus
  3. Pavel Svoboda from Czech Republic
  4. Indrek Tarand from Estonia
  5. Sirpa Pietikäinen from Finland
  6. Sylvie Guillaume from France
  7. Arne Lietz from Germany
  8. Martin Sonneborn from Germany
  9. Axel Voss from Germany
  10. Georgios Kyrtsos from Greece
  11. Ioannis Vardakastanis from Greece
  12. Barry Andrews from Ireland
  13. Lynn Boylan from Ireland
  14. Matt Carthy from Ireland
  15. Peter Casey from Ireland
  16. Clare Daly from Ireland
  17. Francis Fitzgerald from Ireland
  18. Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan from Ireland
  19. Billy Kelleher from Ireland
  20. Sean Kelly from Ireland 
  21. Liadh Ní Riada from Ireland
  22. Sheila Nunan from Ireland
  23. Alice Mary Higgins from Ireland
  24. Saoirse McHugh from Ireland
  25. Mairead McGuinness from Ireland
  26. Brendan Smith from Ireland
  27. Adrienne Wallace from Ireland
  28. Brando Benifei from Italy
  29. Angelo Ciocca from Italy
  30. Elisabetta Gardini from Italy
  31. Mario Mauro from Italy
  32. Remo Sernagiotto from Italy
  33. Anne Daems from Luxembourg
  34. Marie-Paule Dondelinger from Luxembourg
  35. Starsky Flor from Luxembourg
  36. Christian Kmiotek from Luxembourg
  37. Antoni Montserrat from Luxembourg
  38. Carmel Cacopardo from Malta
  39. Josianne Cutajar from Malta
  40. Miriam Dalli from Malta
  41. Mina Tolu from Malta
  42. Francis Zammit Dimech from Malta
  43. Szymon Andrzejewski from Poland
  44. Michał Boni from Poland
  45. Janusz Lewandowski from Poland
  46. Elżbieta Łukacijewska from Poland
  47. Joanna Mucha from Poland
  48. Urszula Pasławska from Poland
  49. Marek Plura from Poland
  50. Elżbieta Polak from Poland
  51. Martin Saczek from Poland
  52. Sylwia Spurek from Poland
  53. Miłosława Stępień from Poland
  54. Jarosław Wałęsa from Poland
  55. Krystyna Wróblewska from Poland
  56. Paulo Rangel from Portugal
  57. Maria Grapini from Romania
  58. Peter Boršić from Slovenia
  59. Jožef Horvat from Slovenia
  60. Alojz Peterle from Slovenia
  61. Patricija Šulin from Slovenia
  62. Dominika Švarc Pipan from Slovenia
  63. Romana Tomc from Slovenia
  64. Milan Zver from Slovenia
  65. Izaskun Bilbao Barandica from Spain
  66. Erika Casajoana from Spain
  67. Antoni Comín from Spain
  68. Rosa Estaràs Ferragut from Spain
  69. Esteban González Pons from Spain
  70. Ana Miranda Paz from Spain
  71. Clara Ponsatí from Spain
  72. Carles Puigdemont from Spain
  73. Diana Riba from Spain
  74. Jordi Sebastià from Spain
  75. Josep-Maria Terricabras from Spain
  76. Martina Anderson from the UK
  77. Theresa Griffin from the UK
  78. Wajid Khan from the UK
  79. Naomi Long from UK
  80. Alex Mayer from the UK
  81. Julie Ward from the UK