This is a 10 parts series examining the WAD. In this final part of the series we look at articles 11 to 15 of the directive.
1. The Commission shall be assisted by a committee. That committee shall be a committee within the meaning of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011.
2. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 4 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.
3. Where reference is made to this paragraph, Article 5 of Regulation (EU) No 182/2011 shall apply.
Details on the procedure applicable to this directive.
1. Member States shall bring into force the laws, regulations and administrative provisions necessary to comply with this Directive by 23 September 2018. They shall immediately inform the Commission thereof.
When Member States adopt those measures, they shall contain a reference to this Directive or shall be accompanied by such a reference on the occasion of their official publication. The methods of making such reference shall be laid down by Member States.
2. Member States shall communicate to the Commission the text of the main measures of national law which they adopt in the field covered by this Directive.
3. Member States shall apply those measures as follows:
(a) to websites of public sector bodies not published before 23 September 2018: from 23 September 2019;
(b) to websites of public sector bodies not covered by point (a): from 23 September 2020;
(c) to mobile applications of public sector bodies: from 23 June 2021.
Details on how the directive must be written into (transposed) national law, giving a number of dates. The most important being that by 23 September 2020 all public body websites must be accessible. By 23 June 2021 this applies also to public sector body mobile applications.
The Commission shall carry out a review of the application of this Directive by 23 June 2022. That review shall take into account the Member States’ reports on the outcome of the monitoring provided for in Article 8 and the use of the enforcement procedure provided for in Article 9. It shall also include a review of technological advances that could make accessibility easier for some types of content excluded from the scope of this Directive. The findings of that review shall be made public in an accessible format.
A public and accessible review of the directive, making use of the required reports from member states must be made by 23rd June 2022. The review shall include a review of the technological advances that could help to include in the scope of the directive some of the content types currently excluded.
Entry into force
This Directive shall enter into force on the twentieth day following that of its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The directive takes effect 20 days after its publication in the official journal of the European Union.
This Directive is addressed to the Member States.
The directive applies to the member states of the EU.
Done at Strasbourg, 26 October 2016.
For the European Parliament
For the Council
The signatories of the Directive. They are essentially the European Parliament and the Council of the EU.
Here are the 10 parts of this series on the web accessibility directive:
- Part 1, covering the title and preamble
- Part 2, covering recitals 1 to 20
- Part 3, covering recitals 21 to 32
- Part 4, covering recitals 33 to 46
- Part 5 covering recitals 47 to 56
- Part 6, covering articles 1 to 6
- Part 7, covering article 7
- Part 8, covering article 8
- Part 9, covering articles 9 and 10
- Part 10, covering articles 11 to 15
Other important documents:
- The Web Accessibility Directive in full
- The Harmonised European Standard (HEN), giving a presumption of conformity to the directive
- The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)
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