Reform Treaty information now accessible to vision-impaired people
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dermot Ahern, T.D., said that “the Government is stepping up its campaign to inform the public about the Reform Treaty. There is already a dedicated Treaty website and a plain Guide to the Treaty will be published this week. A consolidated version of the EU Treaties is also available and a White Paper is being prepared for publication next month. Those who claim that there is no information available are simply trying to divert attention from their own lack of credible arguments against the Reform Treaty.”
Information on the Reform Treaty is now being made available in a format accessible to people who are blind or vision-impaired. This audio material has been produced by the Department of Foreign Affairs and can be obtained in CD, cassette and braille formats by calling a lo-call number 1850 211602, by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by contacting the National Council for the Blind on 1850 334353.
Comprehensive information on the Treaty can be found on the dedicated website; www.reformtreaty.ie. Audio information on the Treaty will also be available for download from the website from today, Wednesday 13th February.
Minister Ahern said:
“It is crucial that we include as much of the community as possible in the debate about the Reform Treaty. These new audio formats will provide concise information to members of our community who might otherwise be at a disadvantage. The Reform Treaty is an important agreement and represents a very good deal for Ireland. I would urge members of the public to take full advantage of the enormous amount of information available on the Treaty. It may be a complex Treaty, but the issues are quite straightforward. This coming referendum is about Ireland’s future within a more effective European Union.”
Note for Editors:
The European Reform Treaty was signed by European Heads of State and Government on 13 December 2007. It will update the functioning of the EU so that it can better serve a Union of 27 Member States. The Treaty is intended to produce a more efficient and effective Union that can deal with the major challenges facing for Europe in the period ahead.
13th February, 2008