EU Accessibility Act: Using accessibility to build inclusive societies

December 2, 2015   World

International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus | Source

the European commission published the EU Accessibility ActBrussels— One day before the European Day of Persons with Disabilities, the European Commission has published the European Accessibility Act, which has been under development since 2012.

The Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen announcing the publication of the European Accessibility Act in ensuring that innovative, affordable and accessible goods and services will be available for persons with disabilities in the EU.

The European Accessibility Act is seen by the Commission as a key element of the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020. The overarching goal of the European Accessibility Act is making products and services more accessible for the benefit of people with disabilities throughout Europe.

IF welcomes this legislative initiative that brings enormous benefits to a barrier-free Europe. The EU Accessibility Act should cover all services and as many goods as possible to ensure the good functioning of the market and provide accessibility on a wide-ranging scale.

After a consultation period with interested parties, the EU Accessibility Act will follow the Ordinary Legislative Procedure where the European Parliament passes laws jointly with the EU Council.