29 February 2012
The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 identifies actions at EU level to supplement national measures in eight main areas. Accessibility is at the heart of the strategy and is defined as meaning that people with disabilities have access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and systems (ICT), and other facilities and services in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities, ratified by the EU in 2011.
To this end, the European Commission intends to propose a Directive to improve the market of goods and services that are accessible for persons with disabilities and elderly persons, based on a “design for all” approach. This business friendly initiative will include binding measures to promote procurement and harmonisation of accessibility standards. An open consultation allowed stakeholders to contribute to the reflection of the European Commission. Together with its members, AGE Platform Europe submitted a contribution.
For more information, please refer to the following website:https://ec.europa.eu/justice/discrimination/disabilities/index_en.htm