Getting our European Act together!

DFI European Network members - SAVE THE DATE

When and Where

Monday, 20th January, 2014 from 09:30 to 13:00.

Disability Federation of Ireland, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane , Dublin 8.


  • Introduction and update on DFI’s European work.
  • Session with guest speaker Irene Bertana (EASPD) on:
    • EASPD and Disability in Europe.
    • How disability organisations can access EU funding.
    • The European Semester – what it is, why it is relevant, and how  disability organisations can get involved.
    • EASPD’s joint European manifesto with Social Services Europe.
  • Planning for the European Elections.

Following our first DFI European Network meeting which took place in April 2013, it is my pleasure to invite you to our next event taking place on Monday, 20th January, 2014.

Irene Bertana from the European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities (EASPD) will be our guest speaker. Irene has been the Policy and Communications Officer at EASPD for almost 3 years.  DFI believes that Irene’s visit presents us all with a great opportunity to come together, learn about the European structures that are important and relevant to us, and to take advantage of a space in which we can ask questions and discuss ideas.

DFI also want to take the time to talk about the upcoming European Elections.  DFI are eager to hear any thoughts, ideas and plans you might have about how we are going to insert a disability perspective into the elections.

This January event is also very timely as we have entered a new funding period, the first phase of the European Semester has just been launched and it is now time to start thinking about the 2014 European Elections.

DFI will be sending some explanatory documents on EU funding and the European Semester in January prior to the meeting.

Please contact Marian at by January 12th if you are planning on attending this event.  We will provide a light lunch so please let us know if you have any dietary requirements or indeed if we can support you in any other way.

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