MoU signed to ensure greater accessibility to products and services for people with disabilities


The Malta Competition and Consumer Affairs Authority (MCCAA) and the Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure more accessibility to products and services for people with disabilities.

This initiative will strengthen the Commission’s role in market surveillance for people with disabilities, enabling the CRPD to assist in the accessibility of products regulated by the EU Accessibility Directive.

Among the products and services mentioned in the directive are computers, e-books, banking and other services.

Minister for Inclusion, Social Welfare and Voluntary Organisations, Julia Farrugia Portelli, said that thanks to the agreement, people with disabilities will not be prevented from leading an independent life due to the lack of accessibility of products.

She said the agreement ensures that people with disabilities benefit from products and services at more competitive and affordable prices. Farrugia said such agreements speak to the government’s message for a more inclusive Malta.

CRPD Commissioner Samantha Pace Gasan said that while the directive will continue to improve product accessibility in the country, the CRPD will continue to strengthen its role in terms of accessibility monitoring and enforcement.

Pace Gasan said the Commission will continue to play its role in monitoring, promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities as set out in the UN Convention.

MCCAA President Helga Pizzuto said the authority has invested in improving the skills of people working in the Technical Regulations Division and strengthening the systems they use.

Thanks to this reinforcement, various practices have been developed and further improved, some of them to meet the new challenges of the global market and more complex supply chains, Pizzuto said.

She said that through this agreement, the two authorities will work together to better use resources for the benefit of citizens.


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