Dutch starts consultation for government digital accessibility
Europe, ICT, News, October 11 2017
The Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations has begun a consultation concerning the accessibility of the government. The consultation will begin on 2 October; comments will be accepted until 13 November. The Ministry believes the digital accessibility of the government is of great importance to the elderly and for people with disabilities.
The decision is in line with the implementation of Directive (EU) 2016/2102 and mandatory governmental directives to apply accessibility standard EN 301 549. This (open) standard was already included on the “Custom-To-List” of the Standardization Forum.
The ministry expects the scheme to ensure that government agencies are obliged to make their websites and apps accessible. To this end, they will have to adapt their work processes and ICT systems. Elderly people and people with reduced mobility will in this way be able to better access government digital information and services.