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Everyone has the right to access goods and services.

Accessibility is an important part of the United Nations Convention
on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (in short, UN CRPD).

Accessibility is about helping everyone
take part in society, whatever their ability.

For example, being able to use transport services
or understand information.

The European Commission published rules for
making goods and services for all
in a document called the ‘European Accessibility Act’.

This document explains that everyone has the right
to access goods and services.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
is organising a public hearing to talk about how to improve
the rules in European Accessibility Act.

A Public Hearing is a meeting where many organisations
meet and talk about important subjects.

It is on 13 April in Brussels, Belgium.

They have invited lots of different people to join.
You are invited. You can sign up here.
The deadline to sign up is Monday 11 April at midday.

Inclusion Europe will be present at the event.

What is said at the public hearing will be used by EESC
to help the European Commission improve
the European Accessibility Act.

 

The European Commission’s proposal for a directive on a European Accessibility Act aims to set common accessibility requirements for particular products and services in order to help people with intellectual disabilities participate fully in society.

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is holding a public hearing on the proposal for a directive on 13 April in Brussels, Belgium.

EESC has been preparing their opinion on the Commission's proposal and is gathering civil society organisations, social partners, academics, EU institutions and various other relevant stakeholders for their input.

Inclusion Europe’s Policy Officer, Dr. Magdi Birtha, will present our organisation’s comments on how to improve the European Accessibility Act to make it in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The conclusions of the hearing will directly influence the work of the EESC study group in order to put forward a refined and cultivated opinion.

You can read the draft agenda of the event here and are welcomed to register here. The deadline to register is noon on the 11 April 2016.