Under the political priority of ‘An Area of Justice and Fundamental Rights Based on Mutual Trust’, the Commission’s Work Programme for 2015 states that ‘the Commission is committed to equality of opportunity for people with disabilities, in full respect of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This includes accessibility to the physical environment, transportation, information and communications technologies and systems (ICT) and other facilities/services’. However, the annexes to the Work Programme setting out the legislative initiatives for 2015 make no reference to the European Accessibility Act, a long-awaited initiative that will be instrumental in harnessing the economic potential of accessibility and applying the United Nations Convention.
Bearing in mind the Commission’s answer to Question E-005858-14 and the commitment to a Europe without barriers expressed by Commissioner Marianne Thyssen in her hearing before the European Parliament Employment and Social Affairs Committee, when she said that the European law on accessibility would be one of her priorities:
Will the Commission be presenting its draft European Accessibility Act in 2015, as announced in the Work Programme for 2014?
What timetable should the Parliament consider for publication of the draft legislation?