Magazine article European Social Policy

Discrimination : Meps Urge Better Integration of Disabled People

Magazine article European Social Policy

Discrimination : Meps Urge Better Integration of Disabled People

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The European Parliament's Committee on Employment and Social Affairs adopted, on 5 October, a report by Elisabeth Lynne (ALDE, UK) on the situation of disabled people in the enlarged EU (40 in favour, three against). In the own-initiative report, the MEPs underline that accessibility to public transport and information and communication technologies is vital. Furthermore, they call for a better integration of disabled people in mainstream education and into the job market and for a European charter on quality of support fordisabled people.

MEPs welcome the gradual trend towards eliminating the many forms of discrimination that disabled people encounter when using air, land or sea transport. They note that EU legislation already exists concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air and encourage the Commission to expand the same legislative rights to disabled persons in relation to allmodes of transport.

Efforts by the European Commission to improve accessibility to information and communication technologies are welcomed, since it may contribute effectively to reducing high unemployment among people with disabilities. MEPs note, however, that 80% of public websites, including those of the EU Institutions, are generally not accessible to people with disabilities. Therefore they call on the Institutions and the member states to take specific action aimed at ensuring that all public institutions' websites are accessible to disabled people. …

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