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Commission publishes European Accessibility Act

Wednesday 02 December 2015

Persons with disabilities currently face barriers to free movement within the EU on an equal basis with others. The European Accessibility Act, published by The European Commission on 2 December, has great potential to bring a positive change. The Act, which takes the form of a Directive, will have a major influence on the accessibility of goods and services for 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 the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).