Commissioner Reding addresses e-accessibility and web accessibility Print

Commissioner Reding addresses e-accessibility and web accessibility

In her speech on the new European digital agenda of 1st October Commissioner Reding addressed e-accessibility and web accessibility.

She said: “… We cannot achieve the Single Market by leaving aside certain parts of our population. I am talking about e-accessibility: 15% of our population is disabled and our rules on accessibility are still fragmented. Each Member State is going its own way. We have to consider that this is costly for industry because they have to respond to a wide range of fragmented national standards. It also leaves disabled people without a consistent level of service that they can expect. What should we do? We should in my view encourage the European-wide adoption of the global web accessibility standard, the new Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We should do it together and in step so that the online services industry can reap economies of scale and the users get a decent and reliable framework. I believe the way we should do this is to develop together with stakeholders a European Disability Act.”

Read the full speech