European Public Sector Organisations
Accessibility for People with Reduced Mobility Reciprocal Recognition of Parking Badges (Blue Badge Parking Scheme)
In 1978, the ECMT Council of Ministers agreed that all Member Countries of the ECMT would grant the same parking concessions to people with disabilities as they offered their own nationals. These concessions usually allowed special parking in areas reserved for people with disabilities, or allowed longer parking periods or exemptions from charges.
This Resolution was updated and extended in scope in 1997. In addition to all the Member countries of ECMT this Resolution now applies also to the ECMT Associated Countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and United States). This means that disabled motorists from all ECMT Member and Associate countries are now entitled to the same parking concessions as nationals in all ECMT Countries. The only condition is the display of a badge showing the international wheelchair symbol.
In 1998 the EU adopted a Resolution along the same lines for the Member countries of the EU. The badges to be displayed are to be standardized to facilitate recognition and to avoid difficulties at local level.
EU Blue Parking Badge.
To facilitate the implementation of these decisions the following information is provided to help people visiting the various countries understand the local rules. At present different badges are used and where this information is available these badges are shown.
This page describes what the concessions are, where disabled people can park and where they can't.
The webpage also contains links to publications on parking cards, accessibility of public transport and improving access to taxis.
European Commission Directorate General Tourism Unit - Accessibility in Tourism
The European Commission’s Tourism Unit aims to develop dialogue and partnership with industry stakeholders for the benefit of the sector, and promote a wider understanding of the role tourism plays in European life. The accessibility webpage highlights the Commission's activities concerned with improving the regulatory environment, working with stakeholders and promoting best practices in accessible tourism.
Your Rights as a Passenger in Europe
Denied boarding? Cancellation? Long delay? Lost luggage? Reduced mobility? Over the last thirty years, there has been a boom in mobility in Europe. For millions of citizens travel has become a reality, indeed a right. Passengers need a common set of principles, so that they can be more easily aware of their rights if something goes wrong with their trip, regardless of the mode of transport they use or whether a journey takes place wholly within a single Member State or goes through an intra-Community or external frontier. In the light of this, the EU has committed itself to placing users at the heart of transport policy. (This page replaces the previous "Your Passenger Rights at Hand" campaign webpage).
Disability Intergroup of the European Parliament
The Disability Intergroup is a cross-party group of the Members of the European Parliament from each of the 27 EU Member States supporting the rights of disabled people. The website lists the Members, Workprogramme, Newsletter, Meetings, Links and Contact Details.
European Civil Aviation Conference - La Conférence Européenne de l'Aviation Civile (ECAC-CEAC)
Founded in 1955 as an intergovernmental organisation, ECAC's objective is to promote the continued development of a safe, efficient and sustainable European air transport system. In so doing, ECAC seeks to harmonise civil aviation policies and practices amongst its Member States, and promote understanding on policy matters between its Member States and other parts of the world.
Air Transport Portal of the European Commission
This portal provides documents and information about Air Passengers' Rights when travelling in (and to or from) the European Union.