EUROCITIES responds to European Accessibility Act directive proposal

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We have published our statement on the European Commission’s proposal for the European Accessibility Act (EAA) directive.

In our statement on the European Commission’s proposal for a European Accessibility Act (EAA), we fully support the objectives of defining common accessibility requirements[1] to promote inclusion in society and the labour market and addressing the challenges associated with demographic change.

We emphasise the crucial role played by municipal authorities in making goods and services across Europe more accessible to all citizens. Accordingly, we see the need for the EAA to:

  • receive support for its implementation at local level

  • rely on financial mechanisms which ensure that there is money to meet the obligations

  • ensure that the implementation timeline is realistic

The EAA is intended to improve the functioning of the internal market by removing and preventing barriers to the free movement of accessible products and services that arise due to differences in legislation, standards and guidelines on accessibility between the member states. It will affect city authorities in a range of areas, including:

  • transport services, together with many related electronic and mobile facilities

  • public procurement

  • use of the European Structural and Investment Funds

  • websites and mobile applications related to all the above

Please read our statement at the link provided. We have submitted the statement as a response to the public consultation on the proposed directive. This will feed into the European Parliament’s and the Council’s work on this piece of legislation. Our working group barrier-free city for all will continue to monitor this directive.

[1] Directive for the European Parliament and of the Council on the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the member states regarding the accessibility requirements for products and services