Decree Law No. 83/2018
- Issuer: Presidency of the Council of Ministers
- Diploma Type: Decree Law
- Number: 83/2018
- Pages: 5029 - 5035
Summary in plain english
This decree-law introduces, on the Portuguese law, the European directive 2016/2102 on:
- Accessibility of the public sector’s websites and mobile applications
- The websites and mobile applications of the State and equivalent entities must be more accessible.
- Disabled individuals can file a claim due to lack of accessibility.
- The Administrative Modernisation Agency (AMA) must ensure that the State and equivalent entities comply with these rules.
The State and equivalent entities must make their websites and mobile applications more accessible to the users, especially to disabled individuals.
This obligation is applied to the content of all public sector’s websites and mobile applications, including the ones from local administration.
Nevertheless, it does not apply to public radios and television.
For a website or mobile application to be accessible, it must allow that any individual, even if disabled, is able to:
- Use the information contained on the websites and mobile applications.
To achieve these goals, they must comply with the EU standards. In this sense, the National Digital Interoperability Regulation on the accessibility technologies is adapted to comply with the new EU standards.2. Disabled individuals can file a claim due to lack of accessibility.
The claim may be filed:
- To the State’s Secretariat of Disabled Individuals Inclusion;
- To the National Rehabilitation Institute;
- To the Committee of Inclusion Policies for Disabled Individuals of the National Council for Solidarity and Social Security Policies;
- To the entities competent for the opening of offense proceedings.
AMA must ensure that the State complies with these rules. Among other actions, AMA must create the Portuguese Observatory of Websites and Mobile Applications’ Accessibility.What advantages does it bring?
This decree-law aims to adapt the Portuguese law to the European Union rules, in order to:
- Increase the accessibility of the public sector’s websites and mobile applications to all citizens, especially those with a disability.
This decree-law enters into force on 1 January 2019.
The websites published from 23 September 2018 must comply with these rules from 23 September.
The websites published before 23 September 2018 must comply with these rules from 23 September 2020.
The mobile applications must comply from 23 June 2021.
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