Regarding the lack of accessibility of information and communication in International Sign of the EU’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
20 March 2020
112 is a life-saving number for all users. The European Commission recently showed its commitment to address all the outstanding issues and to secure swift and concrete solutions that ensure equivalent access to emergency services for everybody including the deaf Europeans.
The recently adopted European Electronic Communications Code and the European Accessibility Act reinforce European Union's commitment to ensure that everyone can access 112 on an equal footing.
However, EUD reminds that now it’s time for the EU Member States to act. The legal obligations listed in the European Communications Code and the European Accessibility Act to make 112 accessible for all must be swiftly and ambitiously transposed into the national laws and become a reality so the people with disabilities can meaningfully have an equivalent access to the single European emergency number 112.
On the 112-day EUD urges the Member States of the EU to commit to an ambitious and prompt transposition of the obligations to make 112 accessible for all as this is the matter of saving lives and it cannot wait!
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