The Malta Independent 3 March 2024, Sunday
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Deal struck to expand disability rights for 100 million Europeans – Casa

Thursday, 8 February 2024, 14:14 Last update: about 23 days ago

“After intense weeks of negotiations, we finally have an agreement that will expand the rights of millions of people who live with disabilities across the European Union,” MEP David Casa declared.

Casa was the EPP’s negotiator on the EU Disability Card and the EU Parking Card. The directive implements stronger access to services for those with disabilities travelling in other EU countries.

“This is a milestone in ensuring that those with disabilities can enjoy the freedom of movement that is guaranteed by EU law,” Casa claimed. “All of us are entitled to travel without hindrance, but in practice, those with special access requirements find additional hurdles and inadequate support that discriminates against them.

“This new directive will finally eliminate those challenges and bolster inclusion.”

Casa noted how the limited pilot programme run by the Commission will now become law across the continent, improving the quality of life for millions who will benefit tangibly from its introduction.

“Let’s not give citizens the bare minimum and let’s not wait until the last possible moment to deliver beneficial rights for our citizens,” Casa appealed. “This is already an overdue change.”

Casa thanked the other rapporteurs for the work on the file and promised to follow up for a strong vote in plenary later this year.

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