Harkin Welcomes new EU Disability Directive

Published: May 4, 2016
Categories: News Article, Disability Rights

The fact that the average unemployment rate of working age persons with disabilities in Europe is over 75% emphasises the value of the deal made this week between the Dutch EU presidency and the European Parliament to make public sector websites and mobile applications accessible to persons with disabilities.

In welcoming the deal, Independent MEP Marian Harkin said that the proposed new Directive set down minimum conditions for implementation and she urged the government to be generous in recognising the great potential of improving accessibility to electronic information and the possibility this provided for improving the lives of persons with disability and for promoting their employability.

“I have worked closely with the Disability Federation of Ireland on this Directive and I warmly welcome the outcome which will mean so much for the 80 million persons with disabilities in the European Union”, she said.  She called for the government to quickly transpose the Directive into Irish law and to ensure that government departments, and regional and local authorities, are required to be proactive in providing the new access to information which would substantially enhance the quality of life for persons with disability in Ireland and in the EU”, Marian Harkin said.