URGENT: Ask your MEPs to take action now to help bring accessible public transport to 80 million people across Europe
|It's time for truly accessible public transport to be the norm in Europe
Dear [name of Member of the European Parliament]
I am taking this opportunity to contact you concerning the adoption of the IMCO report on the European Accessibility Act, the result of which was very disappointing for the disability movement.
While the Opinion of the Committee on Transport and Tourism (TRAN) included important amendments such as a binding clause on the built environment, these considerations were not reflected in the final report to be voted on in plenary next week. This is because the lead Committee IMCO failed to incorporate the recommendations put forward by the TRAN Committee, disregarding its shared competency with the TRAN Committee.
The Plenary is due to adopt IMCO’s report on September 14. The TRAN Committee and the Greens/EFA Group in the Parliament have tabled amendments to ensure that the final legislation will cover a binding clause on built environment - which includes structural changes to buildings, putting in lifts and ramps where necessary and making sure there is step-free access in stations and terminals.
Therefore, I call on you to support the rights of persons with disabilities when the IMCO report will be taken to the Plenary of the European Parliament and to vote in favour of the amendments tabled on behalf of the TRAN Committee and on behalf of the Greens.
I urge you to support those amendments in the Accessibility Act to guarantee real accessibility for 80 Million persons with disabilities in Europe, as well as for all other consumers who benefit from better accessibility.
Working across the South East of EnglandTo keep in touch with my constituents, I have a team of staff based in the UK:
Constituency Coordinator - Monika Baunach, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire - Karen Barass, email: email@example.com
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