European Accessibility Act

On 2 December 2015 the European Commission proposed a European Accessibility Act, which sets out common accessibility requirements for certain products and services in order to help people with disabilities.

The Committee has written to the Government regarding the Act. In the Committee's analysis, the Act was not in breach of the subsidiarity principle. The Committee noted that every EU Member State, including the UK, had signed the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, provided below, and that this proposal would ensure that the Member States would meet those commitments in an efficient and timely way.

While the proposal would require businesses to make adaptations, the Commission's impact assessment, provided below, suggested that if Member States sought to meet their obligations under the UN Convention without EU coordination then the compliance costs for business would be much higher. The Committee sought clarification on the Government's views, including whether the extended compliance period was sufficient for the affected sectors. The Government will be responding in due course.

Letter to the Minister

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