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The European Parliament gives his first imprimatur to the future directive of accessibility.

05 March 2014

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According to the text adopted the future directive of accessibility affect all websites managed or supported by public entities and also to web sites operated by the private sector but that play utilities.

The Proposal for a directive of the EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on accessibility of websites of the public sector and websites operated by entities that perform public tasks has been treated at the plenary session of the European parliament last 26-2-2014. It has proceeded to its adoption by 593 votes in favour and 40 against with 13 abstentions. This vote is the first reading position of the European parliament that the Council of ministers can accept or adopt its own position for later discussion in parliament.

The version approved by parliament has an approximation more ambitious than the initial proposal of the committee since requires member states that all its public web accessible instead of the list of 12 categories that was originally proposed. In addition, the parliament also wants these accessibility standards apply to sites managed by private entities but that perform public tasks such as the provision of gas, electricity, water, transport, health, education, etc. Contains an exception to the micro-pymes (less than 12 employees).

Original source of the news (Opens in new window)

Initial proposal for a directive COM (2012) 0721 (Opens in new window)  

Evolution of development of the directive (Opens in new window)

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