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News article25 April 2024European Disability Forum1 min read

European Disability Card approved by the European Parliament

The European Disability Forum celebrates the news, but regrets one bureaucratic barrier.

Press conference by Věra Jourová, Vice-President of the European Commission, and Helena Dalli, European Commissioner, on the European disability card

Yesterday, 24 April, the European Parliament approved the content of the provisional agreement on the European Disability Card and European Parking Card, which had been reached in February. The agreement was approved with 613 votes in favour, 7 against and 11 abstentions. The report on the extension to third-country nationals was also approved. 

European Disability Forum’s statement 

The European Disability Forum (EDF) celebrates this moment; however, it regrets that “bureaucratic barriers will delay the publication of the text (and, therefore, the start of the countdown to implementation) until after the European elections”. 

In a statement released yesterday, the EDF says that “while the political process is now finished, there are some delays regarding the legal editing of the text and its legal translation to the 27 EU languages. We have advocated for prioritising this file in the translation because the deadline for implementation – for the Cards to be a reality – will only start after publication of the text.”  

You can read EDF’s full statement here


Publication date
25 April 2024
European Disability Forum
  • European Union