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.