Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)


Transport accessibility in the EU is not optional, it is a legal obligation under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which has been ratified by all EU Member States as well as the EU itself. Therefore, all new and revised EU laws and initiatives as well as funding programmes need to promote accessibility for persons with disabilities, including the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF). Making infrastructure connections accessible throughout the EU will allow more than 80 Million persons with disabilities in the EU to have the same opportunities as everybody else and ensure that they can benefit from the essential EU principle of freedom of movement. Unfortunately, this freedom is still denied to many persons with disabilities in practice and inaccessible transport is one of the obstacles persons with disabilities have to face daily.