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European Accessibility Act [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Marie Lecerf (1st edition),


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To ensure the full participation of people with disabilities in society and to reduce the fragmentation of legislation governing access to products and services, the European Commission has adopted a proposal for a directive – often referred to as the European Accessibility Act. This proposal provides for a common EU definition of and implementation framework for accessibility requirements for certain products and services. It also aims to use the same accessibility requirements to provide a clear definition of the existing general accessibility obligation laid down in European law.

Many stakeholders welcome the European Union’s wish to honour its responsibilities under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, but they have been divided on the means to reach this objective.

Discussion is on-going on the proposal: the Council adopted progress reports in June and December 2016, and work continues in the Working Party on Social Questions. In the European Parliament, the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) adopted its report on 25 April 2017.

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Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States as regards the accessibility requirements for products and services
Committee responsible: Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) COM(2015) 615


(COD)Ordinary legislative procedure (COD – Parliament and Council on equal footing, formerly ‘co-decision’)

Rapporteur: Morten Løkkegaard (ALDE, Denmark)
Shadow rapporteurs: Sabine Verheyen (EPP, Germany)

Olga Sehnalová (S&D, Czech Republic)

Anneleen Van Bossuyt (ECR, Belgium)

Jiří Maštálka (GUE/NGL, Czech Republic)

Igor Šoltes (Greens/EFA, Slovenia)

Marco Zullo (EFDD, Italy)

Marcus Pretzell (ENF, Germany)

Next steps expected: Opening of trilogue negotiations

EU Legislation in progress


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