Petitions Committee calls on EU countries to ratify the Marrakesh treaty

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The Council and EU member states need to accelerate the ratification of the Marrakesh treaty to facilitate access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled, urge MEPs from Parliament's Petitions Committee. The treaty, which entered into force in many countries outside Europe on Friday, was signed by the EU in 2014 but is yet to be implemented by the Council.

"The EU should be in the forefront when it comes to facilitating the lives for people with disabilities. Therefore, I deeply regret that the Marrakesh Treaty will not come into force in Europe today", said Petitions Committee Chair Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE).

"This issue has been of the highest priority for the PETI committee for a long time and we will continue supporting the ratification process and its measures until the treaty is properly implemented in all European Union member states", she added.