In late February 2012, the Commission concluded consultations with non-governmental organisations and civil society groups on the European Accessibility Act. In summer of 2013, the Commission was going to submit a proposal for this act.
1. When does the Commission intend to present a proposal for the European Accessibility Act? What are the deadlines for the implementation of this document in Member States?
2. Will it include only the aspect of accessibility of goods and services for the handicapped? Or will it include other additional groups of people with accessibility needs, especially pregnant women, elderly people, people with small children?
I would like once again to draw attention to the fact that it is very important to create a level playing field for all European citizens to participate in public life, employ physical infrastructure, transportation, information and communication technologies. For millions of the handicapped, this document would create a better quality of life and provide the opportunity to participate fully in society.