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European Union reaches provisional agreement over Accessibility Act

Thursday 08 November 2018

A provisional agreement on the European Accessibility Act has been reached by the European Parliament and European Council . The European Accessibility Act will set out new EU-wide minimum requirements on accessibility on a number of products and services, including computers, smartphones, TVs, ATMs, payment terminals, e-books, e-readers, websites and mobile applications of private companies and ticket machines. Also included are emergency services number and telephony services.

However, a number of areas are not included within the agreement, including transport, microenterprise services provide services, household appliances and does not include any provisions in relation to accessible buildings or infrastructure. The agreement will be submitted to the Council's Permanent Representatives Committee for approval. Once approved there, the European Parliament will vote in the plenary session. More information can be found here: