The European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO Committee) amended and approved the rules, which would apply only to products and services placed on the EU market after the directive takes effect, by 20 votes in favour, none against and 17 abstentions.
There are around 80 million disabled persons in the EU, a figure that is expected to rise to 120 million by 2020. According to the European Parliament, the proposed “European Accessibility Act” (EAA) would enable them to benefit from more accessible products and services. The draft directive sets out accessibility requirements for a list including ATMs, ticketing and check-in machines, PCs and operating systems, phones and TV equipment, consumer banking services, e-books, transport and e-commerce. MEPs added other items to the list, such as all payment terminals, e-book readers and websites and mobile device-based services of audio-visual media.
EU ministers in the Council still need to agree a general approach on this file before Parliament’s negotiators can begin talks with them on the final shape of this legislation.