A stakeholder conference on the development of an EU-wide strategy to ensure that people with disabilities, particularly deaf and hard of hearing people, have improved access to electronic communications networks, services and terminals is taking place in Brussels today. The conference is organised by the Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID) and is supported by the European Commission. To enable people with disabilities to make the most of new services and devices, such as third generation mobile telephony, digital TV, and on-line services, Europe needs a coherent overall policy, defined with the help of users. This should address regulation, research and standardisation. This conference will be a contribution to the follow-up to the Commission's action plan for people with disabilities (see IP/03/1482). Results from this conference will help to shape a European accessibility policy.