“European Accessibility Requirements in
public procurement in the built environment”
EDF statements for the Open meeting for
mandate 420 phase 1
by Arch. Mitzi Bollani-EDF Representative
WHO needs ACCESSIBILITY?
 Barriers in the built environment represent one of the
most important obstacles to the full and equal
inclusion of persons with disabilities in society: 16% of
the population in the EU = 80 million European
Citizens.
 Other groups of the society concern with accessibility
needs: children, aged people, pregnant women,
people with buggies, people with heavy luggage,
people speaking different languages, people with
allergy, with problems of blood pressure or
continence,…
 Everyone, at least once in his life time, faces
obstacles in the Built Environment.
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DESIGN FOR ALL is the KEY!
 “Design for All is the Key, a NOT negotiable
requirement, for ensuring full participation of ALL
Citizens in the social and civic life and their free
movement within Europe, without any sort of
discrimination”- 2010 Europe Accessible for All Experts report set up by the European Commission
and become Com 650 – 2003 in the European Year
of People with Disabilities).
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UN Convention on the Rights of Persons
with Disabilities.
 Europe and many Member States signed and ratified
the Convention on the Rights of Persons with
Disabilities that recognizes access both as a general
principle (art 3) and a standalone provision.
Accessibility is a right for persons with disabilities.
 EDF therefore sees the expected forthcoming
proposal for a European Accessibility Act by the
European Commission to be essential, and it is firm
on its demands that this act must be legally binding
and ambitious in its scope.
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REQUIREMENTS+ASSESSMENT+ PROCEDURES
 The new standardization mandate 420 is of great
importance. It will potentially be an invaluable tool for
implementing access, safety and health to the built
environment, through public procurement.
 We need consistency and harmonisation across the
EU – and ideally worldwide – in relation to the Design
for All concept. New DfA Requirements + clear
compliance assessment and enforcement procedures
undertaken by qualified experts.
 Design for All is no longer only a concept that the
disability movement is asking for, but is a legal
obligation in the work of the European Institutions and
should be a requirement in any standardization
mandate.
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STANDARDS & LEGISLATION
 Standards are a complement to formal legislation at
the European level.
 Standards should underpin legislation, not replace it.
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Accessibility creates values for :
 owners : no adaptation- money saved
 users : quality of life- autonomy- decrease risk of
accident
 Industry : new market, costumers satisfaction, fidelity
 Institution: public approval and productivity
Accessibility saves private and public money for
the future and reduces social expenses.
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STANDARDS+ COMPLIANCE
 It is important to ensure conformance with standard.
 Voluntary standards on accessibility do not lead to
effective take up and implementation.
 Persons with disabilities want procedures and
projects that work and respect the accessibility
criteria.
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Expertise+Competence+Partecipation
 Fostering expertise of all stakeholders, engineers,
architects, constructors, manufacturers, etc., on the
needs of Persons with disabilities
 Developing an EU-wide
competent in Accessibility
scheme
of
persons
 Letting people with disabilities participate on an equal
basis in the design, implementation and the
evaluation phase of any construction project.
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Through the Phase 2
Thanks to the project teams A and B for their substantial
work in producing this report, solid basis for the phase 2.
EDF will provide more detailed feedback through the
written consultation which is currently ongoing, and we
trust that our comments as the citizens who depend on
accessibility for inclusion and participation in society will
be adequately reflected and respected throughout the
revision process and all through the phase 2 and
beyond, when accessibility will be implemented in
practice.
Brussels, Wednesday 28 September 2011
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- EDF
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Thank you for your attention!
www.edf-feph.org
[email protected]
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