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Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies' Websites: Initial Appraisal of the European Commission's Impact Assessment

14-02-2013

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying the proposal for a Directive on the accessibility of public sector bodies' websites (COM (2012) 721). Web-accessibility refers to principles and techniques for making websites accessible to all, especially people with functional disabilities and elderly people, and concerns websites and their content, web browsers, and assistive technologies.

This note seeks to provide an initial analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the European Commission's Impact Assessment accompanying the proposal for a Directive on the accessibility of public sector bodies' websites (COM (2012) 721). Web-accessibility refers to principles and techniques for making websites accessible to all, especially people with functional disabilities and elderly people, and concerns websites and their content, web browsers, and assistive technologies.

The obligations of the EU public administration under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: European Implementation Assessment

14-03-2016

As parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), both the European Union and its Member States are obliged to implement and safeguard the set of fundamental rights enshrined in the Convention. Full compliance with the Convention is required also by the state parties' public administrations, including the EU public administration, made up of its institutions, bodies and agencies. The UN CRPD Committee's 'Concluding Observations' of September 2015, which marked the ...

As parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), both the European Union and its Member States are obliged to implement and safeguard the set of fundamental rights enshrined in the Convention. Full compliance with the Convention is required also by the state parties' public administrations, including the EU public administration, made up of its institutions, bodies and agencies. The UN CRPD Committee's 'Concluding Observations' of September 2015, which marked the end of the first round of the review process, include a number of recommendations addressed to the EU public administration, touching upon employment, reasonable accommodation, accessibility, access to justice, the European Schools and the Community health insurance scheme. The CRPD Committee calls on the EU institutions to become a role model, both with regard to employment of persons with disabilities, and in its interaction with the public. This paper analyses the legal framework and policies the EU institutions have in place with regard to disability rights, and which have been to some extent prompted, or at least influenced, by the CRPD. It also assesses the progress made in the institutions' compliance with the CRPD, notably in the areas addressed in the UN 'Concluding Observations'.

Compendium of Initial Appraisals of European Commission Impact Assessments: June 2012 - June 2013

15-07-2013

The European parliament's Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit routinely screens the road-maps accompanying the European Commission's Work Programme, to check which of its legislative proposals will be subject to impact assessment by the Commission. It then undertakes an initial appraisal of these Commission impact assessments when they arrive in the Parliament, to check that certain criteria are met and to identify the basic methodological strengths and weaknesses of the texts. This is a compendium of ...

The European parliament's Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit routinely screens the road-maps accompanying the European Commission's Work Programme, to check which of its legislative proposals will be subject to impact assessment by the Commission. It then undertakes an initial appraisal of these Commission impact assessments when they arrive in the Parliament, to check that certain criteria are met and to identify the basic methodological strengths and weaknesses of the texts. This is a compendium of such initial appraisals prepared by the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit for different parliamentary committees. They analyse whether the principal criteria laid down in the Commission’s Impact Assessment Guidelines, as well as additional factors identified by the Parliament in its Impact Assessment Handbook, appear to be met by the impact assessments accompanying Commission proposals. They do not attempt to deal with the substance of the proposal and are drafted for informational and background purposes to assist the relevant parliamentary committee(s) and Members more widely in their work. The present volume is a compendium of all Initial Appraisals produced by the Ex-Ante Impact Assessment Unit in the period from June 2012 to June 2013.

Liability in Subcontracting Chains: National Rules and the Need for a European Framework

10-07-2017

This study was commissioned upon request by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs, upon request of the Committee on Legal Affairs. It provides a comprehensive update on recent developments on a European and national level concerning liability in subcontracting chains and the protection of workers involved in subcontracting chains. A strong focus lies on the existing European legal framework and recent developments in that regard. By assessing ...

This study was commissioned upon request by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs, upon request of the Committee on Legal Affairs. It provides a comprehensive update on recent developments on a European and national level concerning liability in subcontracting chains and the protection of workers involved in subcontracting chains. A strong focus lies on the existing European legal framework and recent developments in that regard. By assessing the country reports and the findings on a European level, the study closes with “Policy Recommendations” and answers the question from its authors view, if the European Legislator should adopt (further) legislation.

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Alexander Heinen; Dr. Axel Müller; Bernd Kessler

Performance-Based Full Policy Cycle for the Digital Single Market

09-10-2013

.A benchmarking exercise of a number of Digital Single Market policy initiatives recently proposed by the European Commission against the performance-based policy model shows that the current policy development and assessment process could be improved markedly by following the performance-based policy model set out in the present study. The key features of a performance-based full policy cycle are a clear articulation of policy objectives, the identification and use of quantitative indicators of ...

.A benchmarking exercise of a number of Digital Single Market policy initiatives recently proposed by the European Commission against the performance-based policy model shows that the current policy development and assessment process could be improved markedly by following the performance-based policy model set out in the present study. The key features of a performance-based full policy cycle are a clear articulation of policy objectives, the identification and use of quantitative indicators of expected short-term and longer-term policy impacts, the identification of synergies between policies, a much greater use of quantitative data in ex-ante impact assessments, the implementation of robust, data-based, independent expost assessments of the performance of policies relative to their expected impacts and a wide dissemination of lessons learned in such ex-post performance assessments.

External author

Patrice MULLER (Project Director), Gavan CONLON, Shaan DEVNANI and Claire BÉNARD (London Economics)

European Single Point of Contact

15-07-2013

The objective of this research study is to discuss the features and value added of a European single point of contact. The large number of European level online services combined with an extensive range of services at national level generates complexity in identification of the most appropriate services, and in understanding their different competencies. Such complexity leads to low levels of awareness, with 91.6% of consumers and businesses not knowing of any online services at European level they ...

The objective of this research study is to discuss the features and value added of a European single point of contact. The large number of European level online services combined with an extensive range of services at national level generates complexity in identification of the most appropriate services, and in understanding their different competencies. Such complexity leads to low levels of awareness, with 91.6% of consumers and businesses not knowing of any online services at European level they could turn to in case of problems. This study analyses the possibility of introducing a European single point of contact and the benefits that may accrue to European citizens and businesses of improved access to online services.

External author

Charlotte Duke, Mark Lewis, Claire Bernard and Gavan Conlon (London Economics)

The Protection Role of the Committee on Petitions in the Context of the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Update 2016

03-11-2016

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament's Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the PETI Committee. It explains the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) with reference to the PETI Committee’s role in the EU Framework for its implementation. It considers the petitions received on disability issues and developments in the CRPD protection mechanisms implemented at level of the UN, the EU and the ...

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament's Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the PETI Committee. It explains the context of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) with reference to the PETI Committee’s role in the EU Framework for its implementation. It considers the petitions received on disability issues and developments in the CRPD protection mechanisms implemented at level of the UN, the EU and the Member States. Recommendations are made to assist the EP in deliberating on disability issues in its protection role.

External author

Mark PRIESTLEY (University of Leeds), Meredith RALEY (National University of Ireland Galway) and Gauthier de BECO (University of Leeds)

Implementing the Principle of Equal Treatment between Persons: Complementary Impact Assessment of the Proposed Horizontal Directive

15-01-2014

In 2008, the European Commission presented a proposal for a Directive to address discrimination outside the workplace based on the grounds of age, disability, sexual orientation, and on religion or belief. While the European Parliament and Member States generally supported the proposal, some Member States have expressed concerns, among others, in relation to the potential costs of the proposed Directive, its lack of legal certainty and the lack of assessment of the costs and benefits that its implementation ...

In 2008, the European Commission presented a proposal for a Directive to address discrimination outside the workplace based on the grounds of age, disability, sexual orientation, and on religion or belief. While the European Parliament and Member States generally supported the proposal, some Member States have expressed concerns, among others, in relation to the potential costs of the proposed Directive, its lack of legal certainty and the lack of assessment of the costs and benefits that its implementation would place on service providers. This study has therefore been commissioned by the European Parliament to facilitate agreement on the proposal by providing insight into possible costs for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and public service providers. While most of the costs related to equal treatment measures will be very low, the assessment shows also that a range of costs for these actors have a potential to be significant.

Reasonable Accommodation and Sheltered Workshops for People with Disabilities: Costs and Returns of Investments

15-01-2015

This Policy Department A study aims to provide the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) with an overview of developments on costs and returns of investments for reasonable accommodation, sheltered workshops and labour policies for people with disabilities together with an economic analysis of selected measures.

This Policy Department A study aims to provide the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) with an overview of developments on costs and returns of investments for reasonable accommodation, sheltered workshops and labour policies for people with disabilities together with an economic analysis of selected measures.

External author

Jacqueline MALLENDER, Quentin LIGER, Rory TIERNEY, Daniel BERESFORD and James EAGER (Optimity Matrix) ; Stefan SPECKESSER and Vahé NAFILYAN (IES)

EU Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): European Implementation Assessment

05-02-2016

This in-depth analysis, produced by the Ex-Post Impact Assessment Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), looks into the state of play of the implementation by the European Union of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), after the first round of the review process. The Convention's overarching principles entail mainstreaming of disability rights across all policies and within all institutions. This paper analyses the institutional arrangements ...

This in-depth analysis, produced by the Ex-Post Impact Assessment Unit of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), looks into the state of play of the implementation by the European Union of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), after the first round of the review process. The Convention's overarching principles entail mainstreaming of disability rights across all policies and within all institutions. This paper analyses the institutional arrangements required to monitor the implementation process, and subsequently puts the recommendations of the CRPD Committee ('Concluding Observations') into a broader context, outlining the progress made so far and the challenges ahead.

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