The Directive on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies (known as the Web Directive) was adopted in October 2016. The European Union (EU) Member States will have until September 2018 to transpose this EU legislation into national law. This means that they will need to adopt new legislation or to reform existing laws to comply with the objectives and provisions of the Web Directive, which will ensure that all public sector bodies’ websites and mobile applications will be accessible for persons with disabilities.

That is why, it is extremely important that EDF members engage with their national governments to make sure that they get the best out of this Directive, so that the misinterpretation of some articles and exemptions will be prevented. Moreover, the Web Directive can also be extended at national level and includes certain mechanisms to ensure its success. Therefore, to assist its members, EDF publishes a toolkit aiming at providing the key information about this EU legislation as well as advices for the transposition phase. Now it is time to achieve at national level, what we have been advocating for at the EU institutions for the past years.

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