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Ninth ANED annual meeting

On 15 November 2016, the European network of academic experts in the field of disability (ANED) held its 9th annual meeting in Brussels.

The day before (14 November) was meant for national and senior experts within the network, to discuss and evaluate the tasks of last year and look ahead to the upcoming tasks.

The meeting on the 15th brought together the national experts, Commission staff and other invited guests and provided them an important opportunity to share their research experience and to exchange practices and knowledge. The main topics addressed were on the European Semester reporting, the involvement of civil society to ANED’s work and the expectations of the European Pillar of Social Rights. 

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Eighth ANED Annual Meeting

On 21 and 22 September 2015 the Academic Network of European Disability Experts (ANED) held its 8th Annual Meeting in Brussels. The two day meeting was entirely devoted to further developing the information that ANED provides for mainstreaming a disability perspective in the European Semester process, the EU2020 strategy priorities for the EU Member States. 

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Seventh ANED Annual meeting

On 14 November 2014 The Academic Network of European Disability experts (ANED) held its seventh Annual General Meeting in Brussels. Following the Internal Network Meeting organised on 13 November 2014. In total 54 participants from 29 countries took part, including national experts from the ANED country teams, Commissions staff, the European Disability Forum (EDF), Age Platform Europe, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and the European Social Network.

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Sixth ANED Annual meeting

On 12 November  2013 ANED held its sixth Annual General Meeting in Brussels, bringing together 52 participants from 29 countries, including members of the academic network, Commission staff and invited guests. The annual meeting provides an important opportunity for members to share their research experience, to exchange evidence on developments at the national level, to meet with staff from the EU Commission, disabled people’s organizations and key stakeholders and to engage in dialogue about emerging research findings and policy developments.

An important element of the discussion was also to understand how research can make an impact on disability policy development and decision making.

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Fifth ANED Annual Meeting

On 14 December 2012 ANED held its Fifth Annual General Meeting in Brussels, bringing together its members from 34 EU Member States, Candidate and Associate Countries, with representatives from the Commission staff, disabled people’s organizations and key stakeholders. The annual meeting provides an important opportunity for members to share expertise, to exchange ideas and to consider the future work programme of the Network.

Johan Ten Geuzendam (Head of the European Commission’s Disability Unit)spoke of the co-operative and productive relationship between ANED and the EU Commission. ANED’s research has a growing influence on policy and practice, at both national and European levels. The DOTCOM tool is particularly well used, while support for input to country-specific recommendations and the collation of data being helpful for policy development. DOTCOM and the ANED website should continue to be updated, enhanced and their visibility promoted.

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European Commission Emphasises value of ANED

2011 ANED annual meeting

On 11 November 2011 ANED held its Fourth Annual General Meeting (the last for the 2008-2011 work programme) in Brussels, bringing together its academic members from the EU/EEA Member States with representatives from the Commission staff and key invited guests. The annual meeting provides an important opportunity for members to share expertise, to exchange ideas and to consider the future work programme of the Network. 

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ANEDs Third Annual Meeting

On 1st December 2010 ANED held its third Annual Meeting in Brussels, bringing together its academic members from all 29 EU/EEA Member States with representatives from the Commission staff and key invited guests. The annual meeting provides an important opportunity for members to share expertise, to exchange ideas and to consider the future work programme of the Network.

Johan Ten Geuzendam (Head of the European Commission’s Disability Unit)emphasized the value of ANED to the Commission. ANED’s research in the previous year had proved extremely helpful in assisting the formulation of the new European Disability Strategy 2010-2020, and over the next year the Commission will be looking to ANED for support in implementing that strategy, and measuring progress. ANED’s research has a growing influence on policy and practice, and the Commission recognises the continuing need for a network of experts after the current period of funding ends in 2011.

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ANED’s Second Annual Meeting

On 26th November 2009 ANED held its second Annual Meeting in Brussels, bringing together its academic members from all member states with representatives from the European Commission and key invited guests. 

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Network meets European Commission

On 15th December 2008 ANED held its first Annual Meeting in Brussels, bringing together its Academic members from all  EU Member States,  with representatives from the Commission and key invited guests.

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