• DIGITALEUROPE’s publishes feedback on the proposal for a European Accessibility Act

    29 February 2016DIGITALEUROPE has submitted its first feedback to the legislative proposal for a European Accessibility Act that was published on 2 December. The proposed Directive aims to harmonise accessibility requirements for products and services across the European Union that manufacturers and service providers need to comply with in order to place their products on the European market.

    The ICT industry has had a leading role in developing and implementing accessible solutions. In an effort to improve the understanding of accessibility needs and further accessibility solutions, DIGITALEUROPE members cooperate with a number of different stakeholders and umbrella organisations. So far intense competition, industry-led self-regulatory initiatives, self-commitments and voluntary standardisation activities have led to the rapid spread and improvement of accessibility features.

    There are concerns about the effectiveness of the current proposal and especially its proposed alignment to the New Legislative Framework’s (NLF) model for conformity assessment. For various reasons, including its scope as well as the inherent nature of accessibility features, DIGITALEUROPE suggests to EU legislators to investigate other regulatory solutions, including only a partial alignment with the NLF. We are looking forward to supporting the efforts of the European institutions in promoting accessibility in the European Union. In order to achieve this goal, our members will contribute their expertise and knowledge of the development of accessibility features and continue the regular dialogue with other stakeholders.

    For further information, you find our full feedback here: http://www.digitaleurope.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=1099&PortalId=0&TabId=353

    For more information: 

       
    Annika Eberstein
    Policy Officer
    annika.eberstein@digitaleurope.org 
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