RIGHTS: KALLAS (EU), WEBSITE TO DEFEND THE RIGHTS OF TRAVELLERS AND TOURISTS” “” “

(SIR Europe – Brussels) – "In the last thirty years, European mobility made huge steps forward. For millions of citizens, travelling has become reality, or better, a right. Therefore, passengers need a common body of principles, in such a way as to be more easily informed about one’s rights in case of problems occurring during a journey, regardless of the means of transport chosen": Siim Kallas, EU Transport Commissioner presented the site – translated into the eight official languages of the European Union (http://ec.europa.eu/transport/passenger-rights) – dedicated to the rights of air, railway, ship and bus passengers. From this year, at the end of a long legislative procedure, "millions of tourists travelling in the European Union will rely on a whole series of passengers’ rights". However, says Kallas, "research shows us that two thirds of passengers do not know their rights. For this reason, the Commission launches a new campaign to inform all the people preparing for summer holydays about their rights and the ways to assert them, if necessary". Hence a specific campaign, a series of events (some of them taking place in Sophia, Athens, Brussels and Warsaw), making booklets and placards available, and launching a special web space including rights for disabled passengers or passengers with reduced mobility, among other things.

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