Handicapped People in Europe Living Independently in Open Society (HELIOS)

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18 Apr 1988, on adoption by E-XE3068 - Council of the European Union of the second Community action programme for the handicapped, as an NGO programme within E-XE2442 - European Commission (EC), Directorate-General V. The third Community action programme to assist disabled people, HELIOS II 1993-1996, established 25 Feb 1993. Ceased operating, 31 Dec 1996, from which date activities are organized through the "Integration of People with Disabilities" programme of the European Commission.


Promote equal opportunities for and the integration of disabled people in the European Union.


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Consultative bodies (3): Advisory Committee, composed of 2 government representatives from each of the 15 EU Member States. U-XE1767 - European Forum of Disabled People (FORUM), consisting of representatives from 27 non-governmental organizations, as well as one representative from employers' and one representative from trade union organizations. F-XF4532 - European Disability Forum (EDF), set up May 1996, Brussel, continues the work of the FORUM which ceased to exist on completion of HELIOS. Liaison Group, consisting of one of the 2 government representatives and of the 15 members of the FORUM.

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GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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