Accessibility is considered as a wide concept that includes the prevention and elimination of obstacles that pose problems for persons with disabilities in using products, services and infrastructures. The European Accessibility Act (EAA) aims to improve the functioning of the internal market for accessible products and services by removing barriers created by divergent legislation. It covers a range of products and services that have been identified as having the highest risk of being concerned with diverging accessibility requirements across the EU countries.
In their EEA EFTA Comment the EEA EFTA States welcome and support the Commission's initiative; at the same time, they emphasise that the financial and administrative burden needs to be kept to a minimum in order to minimise the impact on companies and especially Small and Medium Sized Entreprises (SMEs).
The EEA EFTA Comment focuses on four sector areas of central relevance to the EEA EFTA States: public procurement, telecom and ICT, and transport. The Comment also provides some background information to accessibility legislation in the EEA EFTA States and focuses on horizontal issues. The EEA EFTA States in particular stress the importance to clarify some terms in order to avoid legal uncertainty and excess litigation when references are made to already existing legislation in the fields of public procurement, ICT/telecoms and transport.
Read the full EEA EFTA Comment on the European Accessibility Act here
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