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Parliamentary questions
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13 February 2019
Question for written answer E-000852-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Vilija Blinkevičiūtė (S&D)

 Subject:  EU Disability Card
 Answer in writing 

At present there is no system in the Member States for mutual recognition of disability status, and people with disabilities consequently encounter difficulties when they go to other EU countries. For example, a disability card issued in one country might not be recognised in other countries.

To make things easier for people with disabilities travelling to other Member States, the Commission is, through a pilot project, preparing to set up a mutual recognition system based on the EU Disability Card, which should give equal access to certain benefits related first and foremost to culture, leisure, sport, and transport. The card will be recognised in those Member States participating in the system on a voluntary basis.

Does not the Commission believe EU-level actions of this kind to be totally inadequate, bearing in mind that one of the EU’s core aims is to bring about the free movement of persons?

Furthermore, does it not think that the scope of the pilot project — and hence of the EU Disability Card — is too narrow and that the most important thing is to ensure that people with disabilities travelling or moving to another Member State will be able above all to use the whole range of social services that they consider particularly important?

Original language of question: LT 
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