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sexta-feira, 17 de março de 2017

Battle hots up over details of Accessibilty Act for passengers with disabilities


People with disabilities outside the European Parliament on 6 March, urging MEPs to strengthen the act, under the slogan "No Walls, No Barriers, Accessibility for All".
[European Disability Forum]
At stake is the European Accessibility Act, already some seven years in the making, and set to make the 28-member bloc an example to the world in improving the lives of people with disabilities or reduced mobility (PRMs).

As often, however, the devil lies in the detail – with activists fearing the act may be diluted and industry groups warning that the well-meaning legislation lacks some cost-benefit analysis, and could even hinder existing attempts to integrate services for people with disabilities.

Awaiting the outcome are an estimated 80 million people with disabilities across the EU, and an additional 190 million elderly people set to benefit due to the likely knock-on positive affects for those aged 50 and over.

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EU turns up pressure on accessibility rights of people with disabilities

The draft European Accessibility Act seeks to bring together “fragmented” national laws while creating new rights enabling full access to services ranging from transport to cash dispensers.



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Origins

The origins of the Act date back to 2010, when the EU and most of its member states ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Persons with Disabilities.
 
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