Despite the commitment taken by EU member States in Riga in 2006 and the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), which foresees the right of persons with disabilities to have access on an equal basis with others to all information and communications technologies, including internet, today 2/3 of public websites in Europe are still not accessible. The European Commission’s proposal is a good opportunity for the EU to implement the UN CRPD, as well as a test of its real commitment to this aim. To this end, the European disability movement believes that only a proposal with a wider scope and a binding enforcement mechanism will bring a real change.
> WHAT WE EXPECT
A broaden scope of the proposal: We
believe that the current scope of the proposal is too restrictive; it should
include all public bodies’ websites providing services directly to the public,
such as schools, universities, libraries, employment services, health care
mutual services and public transport.
An enforcement mechanism: We believe
that without an effective enforcement mechanism and an efficient monitoring
system involving persons with disabilities and their representative
organisations, this proposal won’t be able to ensure the accessibility of the
• An internal market approach: Web accessibility should not only focus on the benefits for persons with disabilities, but also on the financial and societal benefits in general; the role of the market is among others social inclusion, equality, non-discrimination and social justice.
> READ OUR POSITION
Position du Forum Européen des Personnes Handicapées (FEPH) et du Conseil Français des personnes Handicapées pour les questions Européennes (CFHE) sur la proposition de directive relative à l’accessibilité des sites web d’organismes du secteur public
Lila Sylviti | EDF Communications officer | email@example.com