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Parliamentary questions
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16 January 2020
Answer given by Ms Dalli
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003917/2019

The aim of a 2016-2018 pilot project implemented in eight EU countries (Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Italy, Malta, Slovenia and Romania) was to develop a system of voluntary mutual recognition based on an EU disability card to help people with disabilities travel more easily between EU countries. The areas in question are culture, leisure, sport and transport(1).

The European Commission has launched, through an external contractor, a ‘Study assessing the implementation of the pilot action on the EU disability card and associated benefits’. The aim of this study is to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the pilot in each country in order to enable comparison and identify a cost-effective model. The study should be concluded by May 2020. Its findings and conclusions will then be presented.

The study and its results will feed into the evaluation of the European disability strategy 2010-2020. A decision about any potential follow-up related to a disability card will be taken in the general framework of the future perspectives of the disability policy.

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