The European mandate 376 process is which will ultimately result in standards which will help ensure that products procured publicly enable access for people with disabilities. The goals of mandate 376 are (from official Mandate 376 document):
- to harmonise and facilitate the public procurement of accessible ICT products and
services by identifying a set of functional European accessibility requirements for
public procurement of products and services in the ICT domain, and
- · to provide a mechanism through which the public procurers have access to an
electronic toolkit, enabling them to make use of these harmonised requirements in
Adobe participated in an Expert meeting on March 23 in Brussels to discuss WCAG 2.0 implementation and the report of this meeting was recently published. Adobe encourages the European commission to use WCAG 2.0 as the basis for the EU standards, and to do so without modification of the WCAG 2.0 document.
More information on Mandate 376: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/einclusion/archive/deploy/pubproc/eso-m376/index_en.htm