Brussels, 2 July 2015 | During the event “Towards a barrier-free Europe: European Disability Card” organised by MEP Marek Plura in the European Parliament on 30 June, Commissioner Thyssen announced publicly that the call for tenders for Member States to set up a system for the European Mobility Card will be launched in the summer. EDF is happy to see the EU taking a step closer to the launch of the European Mobility Card. It is a project that we have been campaigning for a long time, together with the European Accessibility Act that the disability movement is still waiting for.
WHY IS THE MOBILITY CARD NEEDED?
The Card will facilitate travelling to another Member State for persons with disabilities and it will allow them to receive the same benefits and reductions in the areas of culture, leisure, sport and transport under the conditions offered to people with disabilities of this country. It would have a harmonised design and be based on mutual recognition of existing cards, similar to the EU Parking Card (“Blue Badge”). The issuing of the Card will be responsibility of the Member States.
Commissioner Thyssen mentioned there is 1.5 million euros available for the Member States to use for the launch
of the Mobility Card that will happen early in 2016. The Commissioner
emphasised that free movement is a basic right that everyone should be able to
exercise expressing her belief that the Card will be a milestone towards this.
EDF will continue to support the
project in the next phases. We call upon our members to also mobilise their
national governments to apply for the funding and adopt the Card as soon as possible.
EDF Vice President, Gunta Anca, underlined that: “The
Mobility Card is a great initiative highlighting the right to freedom of
movement for persons with disabilities in the EU. It is very important that
every project funded by the EU under this call includes the active involvement of organisations of
persons with disabilities. The role of EDF is to work together with the
European institutions to promote the Card. EDF members have to do the same with
their governments at national level. The Mobility Card has nothing to do with
charity. It has to do with respecting the fundamental right of freedom of
movement and the right of persons with disabilities to actively participate in
society on equal terms with other citizens”.
TIME FOR THE ACCESSIBILITY ACT!
Even though EDF welcomes the
Mobility Card, it was also underlined that the European Accessibility Act is one of the most important issues to
be tackled together with the Card. A Mobility Card can only be really
meaningful if goods and services in the
EU are accessible to persons with disabilities in the first place and we
therefore call for a swift publication of the proposal!
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Contact EDF: Marie Denninghaus | EDF Transport & Mobility officer | firstname.lastname@example.org