For the purpose of aligning with EU Directive 2016/2102 on Accessibilty of Websites and Mobile Applications by Public Sector Bodies (OJ L 327/1, 2 December 2016), the Croatian Parliament adopted the Law on Accessibility of Websites and Programming Solutions for Mobile Devices of Public Sector Bodies, which regulates the application of accessibility requirements through four principles: the possibility of observation (the information and the parts of users interface must be presented to users so that they can be perceived), operability (users interface and navigation components must be manageable); intelligibility (users interface should be understandable) and stability (the content must be sufficiently stable to be reliably interpreted by a wide range of user agent, including auxiliary technology). This will make web pages and mobile applications of public sector bodies more accessible to all users, especially people with different forms of disability and older people. The law comes into force on September 23, 2019.
The bodies responsibile for the implementation of the Act are bodies of state administration and other state bodies, JLP (R) S, public law bodies as defined by the law regulating public procurement and the associations established by those bodies, if such associations are established for the specific purpose of meeting the needs of the general interests and have no industrial or commercial significance.
Public sector bodies that have published their webpages prior to 23 September 2018. shall comply with the provisions of the Act no later than 23 September 2020. and the deadline set by the Law for Harmonization of Mobile Programming Solutions is 23. September 2021.
With the entry into force of the Act, the Information Commissioner will, besides the access, re-use of information and the availability of information on the environment and issues of public archives availability, become the body responsible for monitoring the compliance of web sites and software solutions for mobile devices of public sector bodies with accessibility requirements and monitoring the implementation of the above mentioned Act, as well as for participating in the implementation of measures and activities of training and promotion and reporting of the European Commission in cooperation with the Central State Office for Development of the Digital Society of the Government of the Republic of Croatia and other bodies.