Skip to main content

Accessibility statement

Trade topics
Trade policy

This statement applies to content published on the domain:

It does not apply to other content or websites published on any of its subdomains. These websites and their content will have their own specific accessibility statement.

This website is managed by the Directorate-General for Trade. It is designed to be used by as many people as possible, including people with disabilities.

You should be able to:

  • zoom up to 200% without problems;
  • navigate most of the website using just a keyboard, and;
  • navigate most of the website using a modern screen reader and speech recognition software (on your computer or phone).

This website is designed to comply with the technical standard for websites and mobile apps, EN 301 549,  v.3.2.1. This closely follows level ‘AA’ of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.1.


Compliance status

This website is partially compliant with technical standard EN 301 549 v.3.2.1 and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA. See ‘Non-accessible content’ for more details.

The website was last tested on 3 April 2023.


Preparation of this statement

This statement was reviewed on 12 October 2023.

The statement is based on a representative sample of web pages by self-assessment, using a combination of manual and automated testing by an automated tool: Axe Monitor.



We welcome your feedback on the accessibility of the EU Trade website. Please let us know if you encounter any accessibility barriers:

We try to respond to feedback within 15 business days from the date of receipt of the enquiry by the responsible Commission department.


Compatibility with browsers and assistive technology

The EU Trade website is designed to be compatible with the following assistive technologies:

  • The latest versions of Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Apple Safari browsers.
  • In combination with the latest versions of JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver and TalkBack.


Technical specifications

The accessibility of the EU TRADE website relies on the following technologies to work with the particular combination of web browser and any assistive technologies or plugins installed on your computer:

  • HTML
  • CSS
  • JavaScript


Non-accessible content

Despite our best efforts to ensure accessibility of the EU Trade website, we are aware of some limitations, which we are working to fix. Below is a description of known limitations and potential solutions. Please contact us if you encounter an issue not listed below.

Known limitations for the EU Trade website:

  • Navigation menu accessibility: Some content has not been properly coded for the best experience with a screen reader. We plan to fix this issue by December 2023.
  • Infographics: Some of the infographics on our website have no or insufficient text alternatives for people with a vision impairment. We plan to fix this by December 2023.
  • Graphs and charts – use of colour: Some graphs and charts on the website rely on colour alone to communicate information, which is confusing for people with colour vision deficiency. In charts where labels are not visually associated with the corresponding coloured section, clicking on the labels in the legends toggles the corresponding line, bar or section on or off, which allows users to check which label belongs to which part of the chart. We plan to fix this issue in December 2023.
  • Feedback form – error messages: Error messages in the feedback form are not associated with the field in which the error was detected and do not clearly indicate in which field the error was detected. We plan to fix this issue in December 2023.
  • Video player: keyboard accessibility: We are aware of some issues with the keyboard accessibility of our video player (when selecting the caption language from the menu, it is not possible to use the arrow keys to move between languages, this can only be done with the TAB key).
  • Videos:Videos on this website do not have audio description.
  • Documents: Most documents are in PDF format and are not accessible; we are in the process of fixing this for documents published after 01/09/2018.