With the passage of the EU Accessibility Act this month, EURACTIV.com spoke to the public transport bodies of London, Vienna and Paris to see what progressive solutions for disabled passengers are already underway – and what dangers may lurk in the proposed act.
Belgian MEP Helga Stevens, who is the ECR group's pick for the European Parliament presidency race and who is also the first female MEP to identify herself as being deaf, told EURACTIV Spain that she wants to be “the institution's voice”.
Public transport authorities in cities around Europe are expecting that they'll have to improve ticket machines to make them easier to read for people who are partially or totally blind, once an EU disability rights bill is passed.
Technology can make "an enormous difference" for pupils with disabilities, offering them the same opportunities as other students, according to Tibor Navracsics, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth, and Sports.
The European Accessibility Act for people with disabilities opens a "huge horizon" and new innovation fields for everybody, but its scope should be widened to more products and services, MEP Konstantina Kuneva said in an interview with EURACTIV.com.
The EU tech industry has criticised the European Commission’s draft Accessibility Act, saying it is too prescriptive and fails to provide incentives for innovative businesses to develop the solutions that will make life easier for people with disabilities.
Driverless cars have figured into several EU policy plans lately, as politicians have advocated for speeding up work on the technology to stop countries like the United States from having a leg up on European auto manufacturers.
During his hearing, Maroš Šef?ovi? leveraged his experience as Vice-President of the European Commission for inter-institutional relations, especially when it came to dealing with MEPs, and his familiarity with Commission policies. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.
The European Parliament has moved a step closer towards establishing a single, liberalised European rail network after a round of voting on the proposed competition rules.
UITP is the international association representing public transport stakeholders. In the EU, UITP brings together more than 400 urban, suburban and regional public transport operators and authorities from all member states and is a key partner for the European institutions and other bodies.
UITP and its members aim to make public transport infrastructure and services more accessible to “the world’s largest minority” and, more broadly, to all people with reduced mobility and with disabilities.
Accessibility Guide - UITP’s latest work in this field is a practical guide to help public transport staff deal with people with reduced mobility and with disabilities made together with the International Road Union (IRU) and the European Disability Forum (EDF).