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Accessibility Act adopted by Council of the EU

On 9 April the Council adopted the Accessibility Act, a directive on the accessibility of many products and services in the European Union for persons with disabilities.The Council estimate that more than 80 million people in the EU, affected by some degree of disability, will benefit from the new rules.

The Commission presented its proposal in December 2015. The negotiations between the Council and the European Parliament ended with a provisional agreement on 8 November 2018. On 19 December 2018 member states' representatives within Coreper endorsed the agreement. Today's adoption of the Accessibility Act by the Council follows the positive vote by the European Parliament on 13 March 2019.

The European Disability Forum will soon publish a detailed analysis of the content of the Act.