The European Parliament’s Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) has passed a report outlining the Parliament’s position in relation to the AccessibleEU centre, a flagship initiative of the European Disability Rights Strategy 2021-2030. The AccessibleEU centre, due to be established in 2022, aims to support the implementation of EU accessibility legislation by facilitating access to relevant knowledge and resources. The text calls for the European Commission to ensure the AccessibleEU centre facilitates cooperation among public administrations, economic operators, accessibility professionals and persons with disabilities and their representative organisations. In addition, it calls for the Commission to ensure adequate financial and human resources to ensure the effective operation of the centre. The report specifies certain actions the centre should undertake, including:
• Providing guidance and training, and inspiring policy developments and innovation at national and EU level, including through the identification and sharing of best practices
• Providing advice, including guidelines, to relevant EU institutions and bodies and Member States on their internal accessibility policies
• Identifying and helping to overcome gaps and inconsistencies in current legislation, providing policy recommendations for updating and developing accessibility laws
• Supporting Member States to develop accessibility education programmes to increase the number of accessibility professionals, and providing training to EU and national public officials and to interested people
• Playing a role in the standard-setting system when accessibility standards are being developed.
The full report can be accessed at: https://www.europarl.europa.eu/meetdocs/2014_2019/plmrep/COMMITTEES/IMCO/DV/2022/07-11/14-Final_CAs_AccessibleEUCentre_EN.pdf