Around 80 million people in the EU are affected by a disability to some degree. As a result of population ageing, it is expected that in 2020 around 120 million will have multiple and/or minor disabilities.
The draft “European Accessibility Act” (EAA) sets out requirements to make a number of products and services more accessible. The list includes ATMs, ticketing and check-in machines, PCs and operating systems, phones and TV equipment, consumer banking services, e-books, transport and e-commerce. MEPs added other items to the list, such as payment terminals, e-book readers, websites and mobile device-based services offered by audiovisual media.
The accessibility requirements would also cover the “built environment” where a service is provided, including transport infrastructure, in case member states do not already have such requirements in place, MEPs said.
Parliament will vote on a mandate to start negotiations with Council, which has yet to agree on its position.
Procedure: Co-decision (Ordinary Legislative Procedure), 1st reading
Debate: Wednesday, 13 September
Vote: Thursday, 14 September