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Defend the Right of Independent Living - How the EU´s austerity policy is undermining the lives of p





Hearing organised by GUE/NGL in collaboration with ENIL (European Network for Independent Living)



European Parliament, Room A1G2, Brussels

Thursday 9 February 2012 - 15.00 - 18.30



The hearing will be webstreamed on the




Panel 1: Understanding the impact of austerity measures on persons with disabilities


  • Kartika Liotard, MEP



  • Cecilia Wikström, MEP – Setting the scene;
  • John Evans OBE, Advisory Board member of the European Network on Independent Living;
  • Michael McCabe, Chairperson of the Centre for Independent Living Dublin;
  • Kapka Panayotova, Director of the Centre for Independent Living Sofia and Chairwoman of the European Network on Independent Living;
  • Prof. Alan Roulstone, Expert on global and European disability policy.




Panel 2: Addressing the threat of cuts to the rights of persons with disabilities at the European level



  • Paul Murphy, MEP



  • Simona Giarratano, Policy Officer at the European Disability Forum;
  • Sian Jones, Policy Officer at the European Anti-Poverty Network (TBC);
  • Peter Lambreghts, European Network on Independent Living and Onafhankelijk Leven;
  • Representative of the European Commission (TBC).




Reception to follow


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