Green light to the Directive on web accessibilityby Beatrice Credi - 2016.05.06
Finally it has been reached the agreement among the EU institutions (Parliament, Council and Commission) on the proposed Directive on web accessibility. This legislation is a great achievement for persons with disabilities: all public sector bodies’ websites and mobile applications will be made accessible, including the electronic documents and multimedia. In cases when they are not made accessible, public websites will need to explain why, in a mandatory accessibility statement. Citizens will have a mechanism to request the content they could not access. This Directive provides for a harmonised way to do this within the EU, and will assist the EU, and its member states in meeting their obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Regular monitoring and reporting by Member States have also been agreed, which is indispensable for the success of this legislation. The main demands and expectations of the disability movement for this crucial piece of legislation have been listened to and taken on board. Unfortunately some exemptions will remain in the Directive, such as public broadcasters’ websites and live audiovisual streaming. the text will have to be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council. After that it will be published in the Official Journal and will officially enter into force. Member States will have 21 months to transpose the text into their national legislation.
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