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European Blind Union nominates Liz Lynne for MEP Awards

September 1, 2010 1:53 PM
Originally published by Liz Lynne
Liz Lynne MEP at a meeting in Brussels with blind campaigners from across Europe

Liz Lynne MEP has been nominated for a top award by the European Blind Union for her work trying to stop discrimination against blind and disabled people

A European alliance of charities working for blind people has nominated Liberal Democrat Euro MP Liz Lynne for a prestigious award.

The European Blind Union has nominated the long serving LibDem for the 2010 MEP Awards. The group says the nomination is in recognition of the special contribution that the Euro MP for the West Midlands has made to the advancement of rights for blind and partially sighted people in the past year.

The EBU nominated three MEPs in total, with Liz being put forward fro the Employment and Social Affairs category. Liz is a longstanding advocate of rights for disabled people and is Vice President of the Disability Intergroup of MEPs in the European Parliament and 1st Vice President of the Employment and Social Affairs committee.

In a statement, the EBU said Liz Lynne 'played a key role in raising awareness of the need to ensure that disabled people have a right to accessible manufactured goods, a vital issue for blind and partially sighted people.'

Liz Lynne said: "I am honoured to have been nominated by the EBU for this award. I remain determined to keep up the pressure on the European Commission to ensure that new laws are adopted to stamp out unfair discrimination against blind and partially sighted people.

"Following a long campaign by myself and other MEPs, the European Commission last year came forward with a proposal to complete the laws we have and ban discrimination on all grounds in access to goods and services across the EU.

"It is vital that these proposals are now adopted by EU Member States, who have been dragging their feet.

"We need to ban discrimination once and for all across the EU, going beyond the job market and dealing with the discrimination blind people and many other disabled people face on a daily basis when they try to buy or access goods and services. These barriers are very real but totally unnecessary."

ENDS

Notes to Editors

As West Midlands MEP, Liz Lynne has campaigned for new legislation to outlaw discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, religion or belief and sexual orientation in access to goods and services. Race and Gender discrimination are already covered by existing EU legislation.

Other EU Member States have a patchwork of anti discrimination legislation, meaning that UK citizens travelling abroad have less rights than they do at home.