Register for the EDF Webinar on Council Presidencies [20 February]

Register for the EDF Webinar on Council Presidencies [20 February]

EDF webinar:

How Council Presidencies work

The EU institutions and their work sometimes seems abstract and far away from the daily lives of persons with disabilities. Also for the disability movement as a whole, it may seem complicated to engage in the decision-making procedures that appear to be detached from national level decisions.

But there are many connecting points, and one of those is the work of the Council of the EU and especially its Presidencies. Every 6 months, another EU Member States holds the Presidency which gives this Member State more influence over the EU agenda. It is also an opportunity to bring disability issues on the list of priorities of the EU institutions. Therefore, it is a very good entry point for linking national and EU issues.

In this webinar you will get an introduction to the EU decision-making procedure. We will then focus on the work of the Council of the EU and especially the Council Presidencies. Finally, we will explain how Disabled Persons’ Organisations can better interact with and influence the Presidency and make the most out of it, both on national and EU level.


Gunta Anca, EDF Secretary and Chair of the Latvian Umbrella Body for Disability Organisations “Sustento”
Marie Denninghaus, EDF Policy Coordinator
Moderator: Naomi Mabita, EDF Communications Assistant

The webinar will take place on Thursday, 20 February 2020 from 11:00 – 12:00 CET (Brussels time)

You can find the registration link at the bottom of this e-mail.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Draft agenda:
11:00 Welcome and housekeeping rules (Naomi Mabita)
11:05 Introduction: Decision-making procedures on EU level (Marie Denninghaus)
11:20 Work of the Council and its Presidencies (Marie Denninghaus)
11:30 Good practice example: the Latvian Presidency of the EU (Gunta Anca)
11:50 Questions & Answers (Naomi Mabita)
12:00 End of webinar

This webinar may be of interest especially for representatives of Disabled Persons’ Organisations on national level such as EDF National Councils but also European NGOs.

Speech-to-text and International Sign Language interpretation are provided during the webinar.


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