David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

Senior Scottish MEP: "We must end 'no go' areas for disabled people"

Scotland’s senior European MP (MEP) David Martin is backing the push for legislation that will give disabled people greater accessibility to shops, work places and transport in Britain and across Europe.

Scotland’s senior European MP (MEP) David Martin is backing the push for legislation that will give disabled people greater accessibility to shops, work places and transport in Britain and across Europe.

Mr Martin is supporting fellow Labour MEP Richard Howitt, newly-elected co-president of the re-formed all-party European Parliament disability rights group who is adamant the promise to bring forward the pending accessibility legislation must not be forgotten by the new Commission.

"Although Labour MEPs are proud of the progress made in forging European access rules in relation to the installation of lifts, for some public transport and on the internet, the bitter truth is a large swath of the built environment remains a 'no go' area for Britain's and Europe's disabled people” commented Mr Martin.

"The re-formation of an all-party group in the European Parliament provides the opportunity to build widespread support to ensure the promised EU accessibility act is agreed, but it has to be published to be agreed, and that's why an appeal to the new European Commission to do just that is one of the Group’s first demands."

During her parliamentary hearings, Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, committed to putting forward a legislative proposal for the European Accessibility Act, which would complement Britain's Disability Discrimination Act by making existing voluntary European access standards mandatory across the European Union.

The preparatory work and impact assessments have been completed but the proposal was not specifically included in the Commission's Work Programme.

 

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