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26 March 2024

Image is of a deep blue background that shifts to a lighter blue from left to right. The top left has 2025 in text. On the right is a blue flag in a flowing motion, with a circle of gold stars. Underneath in text is European Accessibility Act.

As the deadline for the European Accessibility Act (EAA) 2025 draws near, organisations are urged to take proactive steps to enhance their digital accessibility standards. This legislation, poised to reshape the digital landscape within the European Union (EU), emphasises the integration of technologies like AI and voice recognition, to ensure inclusivity for all users, particularly those with disability.

The EAA 2025 stands as a landmark legislation addressing the pressing need for digital accessibility. With more than 87 million people in the EU living with disability, ensuring equal access to digital products and services is paramount. The act represents not only a significant step towards inclusivity but also aligns with a broader global movement for human rights.

Under the EAA, a harmonised set of accessibility standards will apply to various digital products and services across the EU. This includes computers, smartphones, e-readers, as well as essential services like banking and e-commerce. By eliminating existing disparities and establishing a unified regulatory framework, the EAA aims to create a more accessible digital environment where innovation flourishes and quality of life for individuals with disability is enhanced.

Effective from June 28, 2025, non-compliant companies could face legal repercussions, emphasising the urgency for businesses to adapt to the new regulations. The EAA 2025 not only signifies a significant legislative milestone but also heralds a new era of digital accessibility within the EU.

To read further about what this means, read the article on the European Accessibility Act by Digital Strategy.