ANEC welcomes the European Parliament’s adoption of a Directive on the Accessibility of Public Sector Bodies’ websites and apps to ensure access to on-line public services to all consumers, regardless of age or ability. The Parliament, in agreement with the Council, made significant improvements to the original Commission proposal in terms of the web-sites covered and enforcement provisions, as well as the inclusion of access from a handheld mobile device and mobile apps, in line with ANEC’s position.
With standards increasingly used to support - or sometimes even replace - regulation, it is crucial to ensure that societal stakeholders are fully represented and have the ability to contribute to the standardisation process most effectively.
Yesterday, the European Parliament voted in favour of returning to the well- known A to G scale in its review of the EU Energy - labelling Directive. Products that are required to carry a label, including washing machines ,televisions and vacuum cleaners, will no longer be labelled using the confusing A+, A++ and A+++ classes. Key improvements have also been agreed for market surveillance.