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Action 63: Evaluate accessibility in legislation

24 October 2010

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.

Additional Information

Contact:

paul.timmers@ec.europa.eu