To celebrate today's International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which focus on access and empowerment, the European Commission published the European Accessibility Act, a long-awaited piece of legislation that has been at the centre of its Freedom of Movement campaign for over three years.
Persons with disabilities currently face barriers to free movement within the EU on an equal basis with others. The European Accessibility Act, which takes the form of a Directive, has great potential to bring a positive change and will have a major influence on theaccessibility of goods and servicesfor persons with disabilities in the EU.
The publication of the proposal follows the recommendations made by the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities earlier in September calling on the EU to adopt the Accessibility Act as a step towards better implementation of theUN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
The Commission has planned an initial consultation period on the text where stakeholders can give their feedback and in which European Disability Forum, EDF, will participate with all their members, including EURO-CIU.