Making citizens’ lives easier
Removing obstacles for the disabled
Tibor, who lives in Hungary, needs a wheelchair to move around because of his worsening diabetes condition. He loves to visit other EU countries but faces many obstacles. For instance, most hotels have no or only very few adapted rooms and many of the places he wants to visit do not have easy access for wheelchair users. Before taking a trip, he has to find out where he will have the least problems and whether he can get travel insurance coverage.
Which action(s) did the 2010 EU Citizenship Report foresee?
- Improve the quality of transport for elderly people, Passengers with Reduced Mobility and for disabled passengers, including better accessibility of infrastructure.
- To give an annual award to the most accessible European cities.
- To promote better access to services such as travel insurance and to develop and foster the use of EU wide standards on accessibility to the built environment.
What progress has been made?
- Communication on Regulation 1107/2006 on passengers with reduced mobility travelling by air.
- The Disability strategy 2010-2020 was adopted in November 2010.
- The city of Avila, Spain won the first Access city award in December 2010.
- The Commission is also currently examining the possibility to propose a European Accessibility Act by 2013.