Commissioner Liikanen assesses ‘e-Inclusion in Europe’ programme

Urging the creation of an Inclusive European Information Society, Commissioner Erkki Liikanen has outlined the current status and the tasks ahead for the Commission’s “eInclusion in Europe” programme.

The underlying goal of the Commission's eEurope 2005 Action
Plan is to make information society accessible to all, and
e-Inclusion is a key element of the process, Mr Liikanen told a
ministerial symposium in Crete on 11 April. The e-Inclusion concept
is especially pertinent to the needs of people with disabilities.

The current activities focus on four main target
areas:

  • Reviewing relevant legislation to ensure "participation for all
    in the knowledge-based economy" (a Working Group is scheduled to
    produce its first results by late 2003),
  • Publishing the "Design for All and Assistive Technology
    Standards" aimed at improving the employability and social
    inclusion of people with disabilities,
  • Implementing and improving the "Web Accessibility Initiative"
    guidelines for public web sites, adopted in 2001,
  • Broadening the network of "National Centres of Excellence in
    Design for All", and approving recommendations for a "European
    Curriculum" for designers and engineers.

To promote the accomplishment of the e-Inclusion
and eAccessibility-related goals laid down in the eEurope 2005
Action Plan, Commissioner Liikanen urged stronger reliance on
public procurement, and expressed support for the plan to create
the position of Accessibility Ombudsman.

 

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