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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Accessibility requirements for products and services (A8-0188/2017 - Morten Løkkegaard)
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  Lucy Anderson (S&D). – Mr President, despite no one disagreeing on the urgent need for better EU—level laws for the benefit of disabled people, this proposed legislation is a disappointment. The UK Government worked hard behind the scenes to water down its ambition and should be ashamed of its role. In particular, mandatory access requirements for buildings and physical infrastructure were excluded, including for transport and vehicles. The implementation periods concerned are also far too long. On the other hand, I welcome the positive elements to improve access for all to electronic services such as online banking and self—service terminals, as well as the technical annex and the strong penalties requirements and working group involvement of disabled people’s representatives. For this reason I voted for the report.

 
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