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Webinar- Why is the EU still investing in institutions for disabled people?

September 21 @ 16 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min

This webinar on EU Funds is organised by the European Network on Independent Living (ENIL).


Moderated by Nataša Kokić,
EU Funds for Our Rights Campaign Coordinator, ENIL

  1. Welcome and introduction – Kapka Panayotova, Advisory Group ENIL and
    MEP Katrin Langensiepen (10 min)
  2. Gerard Quinn, Professor of law at the University of Leeds and the Wallenberg
    Institute in the University of Lund – Legality of investing into institutions under
    international and EU law (10 min)
  3. Theory vs practice: reports from three Member States:
    Petra Flieger, Independent researcher, Austria (5 min)
    Kristof Kornyei, Equality Project Officer, TASZ, Hungary (5 min)
    João Varela, Centro de Vida Independente, Portugal (5 min)
  4. Jonas Ruškus, CRPD Committee member: Current concerns in Central and
    Eastern Europe and the obligations of States Parties under the CRPD (10 min)
  5. Catherinne Pedreros, Secretariat of the CRPD committee: Reporting
    investments into institutions and what action can be taken by the Committee
    and/or other parts of the UN (10 min)
  6. Steven Allen, Co-Executive Director (Advocacy), Validity Foundation: Legal
    accountability for use of EU funds (10 min)
  7. Nomunds Popens, Deputy Director General, DG REGIO, European
    Commission: Concrete measures taken to prevent building/renovation of
    institutions following COVID-19 response – (10 min)
  8. Maria Moustakali, Office of the European Ombudsman: Recent decisions and
    the Ombudsman’s follow-up, as well as role of the CPRD independent
    monitoring framework in monitoring EU Funds investments (10 min)
  9. Q&A (30 min)
  10. Conclusions – Kapka Panayotova, Advisory Group ENIL (5 min)

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September 21
16 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min
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