Positions 04 Jul 2016

European Accessibility Act - CER Position Paper

Rail services are by far more accessible than they were in the past and many passengers with disabilities are able to take trains without assistance. In this context, CER shares the purpose of the proposed European Accessibility Act (EAA) and more in general the European Commission’s commitment to accessibility as a catalyst for social inclusion. The rail sector has been on a clear path for more than a decade, in close cooperation with EU institutions, national authorities, passengers’ associations and the European Railway Agency. The EAA’s impact on this ongoing work very much depends on the extent to which it supports the existing legal framework in the area of accessibility, without imposing conflicting and unaffordable measures.