2010. 04. 28.
Ágnes Hankiss, vice-president of the Petitions’ Committee believes that the Commission should be engaged in cases where services open for all citizens, like effecting insurances, were denied without substantive reasons from persons with disabilities.
According to Ádám Kósa, member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affaires, the national governments should realize the social benefits of improving accessibility and barrier-free environment. The President of Disability Intergroup is convinced that a “disability card” may grant the freedom for movement for persons with disabilities in every member state is needed.
According to the two politicians of the European People’s Party, the European Commission has not payed enough attention to the regulations of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, although the document has already been ratified by 14 member states. The MEPs also find it problematic that the Commission, when it negotiated the petitions, disregarded the Charter of Fundamental Rights that grants the rights for disabled people to be able to live a complete life – although the Charter forms an integral part of the Lisbon Treaty that came into force in December 2009.