Answer to Written Question: Incorporation of accessibility in EU policies

(Source: European Parliament)



Answer given by Ms Dalli

on behalf of the European Commission


The Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities[1] highlights the role of better regulation in providing the best possible basis for timely and sound policymaking to ensure that the rights of persons with disabilities are duly taken into account and support compliance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).

The Commission’s Task Force on Equality (TFE) sets up to ensure the mainstreaming of equality (on several grounds including disability) throughout all policy areas. Launched in 2019, the TFE is composed of equality experts from each Directorate General, coordinated by a secretariat in the Secretariat General. The TFE is involved in the elaboration of the key policies and texts in favour of equality. It also raises awareness amongst colleagues so that equality aspects are taken into account for all projects.

The Commission will reinforce the better regulation toolbox on disability-inclusiveness ensuring consistency with the UNCRPD and the coherent inclusion and assessment of disability matters in impact assessments and evaluations where relevant, including through training of staff preparing initiatives on the UNCRPD.

Directive 2016/2102[2] requires the accessibility of public sector websites and mobile applications. As regards the Commission’s proposals for regulations establishing the Digital Services Act and the Digital Markets Act, even though these two proposals do not explicitly refer to accessibility requirements, by aiming to ensure safe and contestable online platforms environment, they will provide for a wider consumer choice of high quality services and innovation possibilities, including for consumers with disabilities.

[1] COM (2021) 101.


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