European Disability Forum

Award 2022

The European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation celebrated the award ceremony of the Carlos V European Award on 11 May 2022 at the Royal Monastery of Yuste. It has been granted to the European Disability Forum, in this edition and the ceremony was presided over by His Majesty King Felipe VI.

The jury of the 15th edition of the Carlos V European Award, granted by the European and Ibero-American Academy of Yuste Foundation, decided to award the prize to European Disability Forum  “a European NGO that brings together organisations representing 100 million people with disabilities and their families across Europe. The EDF celebrates its 25th anniversary this year; a time it has employed defending the rights of people with disabilities and promoting their inclusion, caring for those who need it most and who suffer multiple discrimination for having different capacities, valuing their dignity as people and the great value they are to society. Through its work, the EDF promotes a more inclusive Europe and a more social, just and egalitarian Europe, and contributes to the process of European integration, to the values that the European Union defends and to ensuring that all citizens can live together in this common area on an equal footing and without being discriminated against because of their social capacities. It thus favours a more humane Europe that focuses on the well-being of its citizens, providing strong legal frameworks to defend inclusion, accessibility, freedom of movement, independent life, dignity, non-discrimination, active and effective participation in society, respect for difference as part of human diversity and other fundamental rights and freedoms”.

The European Disability Forum is an organisation of people with disabilities that has been defending the interests of more than 100 million people with disabilities in Europe for 25 years. It is an independent nongovernmental organisation (NGO) bringing together organisations representing people with disabilities from all over Europe. They are run by people with disabilities and their families. They are a strong and united voice of people with disabilities in Europe. They advocate the inclusion of people with disabilities in European Union (EU) policy and beyond. Its mission is to ensure the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. Also, to ensure access to human rights through active participation in policy development, implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Europe.