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Action 63: Evaluate accessibility in legislation

Systematically evaluate accessibility in revisions of legislation undertaken under the Digital Agenda, e.g. eCommerce, eIdentity & eSignature, following the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

What is the problem ?

Not all electronic content is available for the disabled.

Why is EU action required ? Accessibility as a key right for persons with disabilities

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, signed by all EU Member States, upholds accessibility as a right for all, including to digital technologies. Furthermore, assistive technology per se is key to accessibility in its broader sense.

What will the Commission do ?

New EU legislation will have to abide by the terms of the Convention and the Commission will make sure this happens for new texts adopted under the Digital Agenda.

Contact:

paul.timmers@ec.europa.eu