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22 November 2016
E-008724-16
Question for written answer E-008724-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Helga Stevens (ECR) , Ádám Kósa (PPE) , Brando Benifei (S&D) , Olga Sehnalová (S&D) , Rosa Estaràs Ferragut (PPE) , Indrek Tarand (Verts/ALE) , Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL) , Jana Žitňanská (ECR) , Marian Harkin (ALDE) , Kostadinka Kuneva (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Mobility equipment for passengers with disabilities
 Answer in writing 

In its recently published Interpretative Guidelines on Regulation 261/2004 on Air Passengers’ Rights(1), the Commission makes suggestions on how to better interpret the regulation. Despite the fact that it is recognised as a long-standing problem, the issue regarding the liability of air carriers in the event of damage, loss or destruction of mobility equipment for persons with disabilities has not been dealt with sufficiently.

Many persons with disabilities have problems when travelling by air because their wheelchairs or other equipment, which they need on a daily basis, have been damaged by the airline. In response to subsequent liability claims, airlines offer a maximum compensation of about EUR 1000, which often does not cover the repair costs of the crucial piece of equipment in question.

How does the Commission intend to tackle this imbalance, which often leaves persons with disabilities stranded at airports with no viable alternative and a substantial financial loss?

(1)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52016XC0615%2801%29.

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