Since 23 june all websites and apps of the public sector in the eu are obliged to be accessible to persons with disabilities. As A Last step of this process, the european commission has opened a public consultation for the revision of the Directive (EU) 2016/2102 on the accessibility of websites and applications for mobile devices of the public sector agencies . The objective of the consultation is to enlist up to 25 october data and views of interested parties against which to assess the directive and helping to improve the accessibility of websites and apps for the public sector.
The consultation will help to assess the extent to which the directive and its implementation
- have facilitated access by persons with disabilities to public services and information, strengthening social inclusion and the digital divide;
- remain relevant and to comply with its purpose, in the light of the legislation and changes in technology, and
- have harmonized the market of the accessibility of websites.
The european union member states and regional and local authorities, agencies independent accessibility, ngos and organizations representing persons with disabilities and those of advanced age, stakeholders and suppliers of technology, agencies and academic experts in certification, accessibility and citizens, especially persons with disabilities or functional limitations, and elderly is called upon to express their views and ideas on what has changed as a result of the directive and its implementing acts, if these continue to conform to their purpose, the impact of recent technological developments and if there remain gaps in what is needed to have a content of the public sector more inclusive and accessible.
It is possible to take part in the consultation by completing the online questionnaires in the following address (by registering in the transparency register of the eu): Public consultation about the directive on the accessibility of web sites .
Also, for the first time, has published a short questionnaire easy-to-read (user-friendly) accessible to all, including persons with cognitive disabilities: Easy-to-read questionnaire about the directive on the accessibility of web sites .
The results of the consultation will be incorporated in the review and would help improve the impact of the directive on access to websites and mobile applications of the public sector and will serve as a basis for future possible policy initiatives related to the accessibility of websites. The results of the review will be issued in an accessible in june 2002.