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A newly adopted report by the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament calls for accessibility to become a major criterion in EU supported investments under the new 7 year EU budgetary framework.

In the context of the current negotiations on a new 7 year EU budgetary framework (2014-2020), the European Parliament and the EU Member States are negotiating both the size as well as the implementing modalities of that framework. Part of that deal which is expected to be hammered out early next year, is a budget line on external policies.

In the area of foreign policies, discussions are underway to adopt common implementing rules defining the same implementing principles for all instruments.

The report stresses the need for accessibility to become a criterion in the area of public procurement procedures. This would ensure that all EU supported investments in partner countries have to explain in how far they respect those standards. In the field of EU external policies, this would be a first.

The report reads: “Tenderers, applicants and candidates who have been awarded contracts shall respect applicable environmental legislation including multilateral environmental agreements, internationally agreed core labour standards and the principles of non discrimination and, to the maximum extent possible, accessibility for people with disabilities.”

Source: CBM

WCAG-EM describes an approach for evaluating how websites – including web applications and websites for mobile devices – conform to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. It covers different situations, including self-assessment and third-party evaluation. It is independent of particular evaluation tools, web browsers, and assistive technologies. This draft has proposed content for all sections. Now is a good time to review it. In particular, feedback is sought on the applicability of this methodology in practice and for input on refining and expanding the guidance provided.

Contact: Please send comments on this draft document to the publicly archived mailing list: public-wai-evaltf@w3.org by 20 October 2012.

On 22 January 2013, the conference “Accessible ICT: Priorities for Future Research on Accessible Information and Communication Technology Systems and Services” will take place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology, 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL.

The aim of this conference is to obtain a consensus on priorities for future research on accessible information and communication technology systems and services. Funding bodies need to ascertain the best strategy for investing their finite resources in research and development to benefit disabled and elderly people. The scope will include network-based services (social networks, collective intelligent systems, augmented reality, cloud computing, advanced location aware services and ambient intelligent systems) as well as novel user interfaces and technology transfer.

Speakers include Mike Short, Brian Collins, Gregg Vanderheiden, Graham Worsley, Patrick Roe, Alan Newell, Deborah Pullen, Gunela Astbrink and Guido Gybels.

The agenda can be found here.

To register for this conference, please click here.