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sexta-feira, 5 de maio de 2017

Disabled groups’ dismay at Parliament vote on accessibility

A wheelchair-using passenger on a disability ramp at Ottawa station in Canada - the sort of infrastructure the EU Accessibilty Act promises.
[ShankarS/Flickr]

On Tuesday (25 April) the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) voted on the act, which is intended to improve accessibility requirements for products and services for disabled people and PRMs (people with reduced mobility).

The report as passed by IMCO was immediately lambasted by the European Disability Forum (EDF) – an umbrella group representing 100 associations and some 80 million disabled people across the EU.

It said the report was a “watering down” of the original responsibilities of the act, and that IMCO had ultimately “favoured business demands over the rights of people”.

They point to a series of measures which they say has diluted the original intentions of the act, which itself was an adoption into EU law of principles first espoused by the United Nations.

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