Ecommerce Europe, in association with a number of pan-European stakeholders representing the digital and retail sectors, has co-signed a letter addressed to MEPs of the the IMCO committee on the committee report regarding the European Accessibility Act.
Many businesses are committed to offering accessible products and services and are actively developing solutions to improve access for persons with disabilities. Better accessibility will allow more people to buy and use products and services and increase choice for persons with disabilities as well as their active participation in society. Nevertheless, the signatories of the statement believe that there is a need for a certain proportionality between ensuring accessibility and the impact of the new accessibility rules on innovation and the European economy. Such a proportional approach is taken in the IMCO Committee report drafted by MEP Morten Løkkegaard. This report proposes a number of important improvements to the Commission’s proposal.
The signatories of the joint statement call on the European Parliament to maintain in their plenary vote the compromises found in the IMCO committee report. A sensible European Accessibility Act is in the interest of all actors involved. Further amendments that make implementation difficult and limit the possibilities for innovation would work against achievement of its objectives.
For the full letter, click here.