European Accessibility Act

Debate about policies in favour of people with disabilities has climbed up a notch on the agenda with the publication in December last year of new European Commission proposals for a European Accessibility Act.

According to Eurostat, 80 million EU citizens are affected by some kind of disability, a number which is projected to increase to 120 million by 2020 considering the rising elderly population.

The European Accessibility Act extends current laws on accessibility to cover new products and services like computers, ATMs, ticketing and check-in machines and smartphones. It also covers services related to all transport modes – air, bus, rail and waterborne.

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