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June 2022

Roundtable on Procurement, Accessibility, and a More Inclusive Covid Recovery.

21 June 2022, 16:00 - 17:30


The 90-minute expert roundtable discussion will explore and promote a greater uptake of the European procurement directive’s accessibility provisions as European Union (EU) member states make technology investments through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF). Register here.

Topics of discussion:

  • Overview of the digital transformation pillar of the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility and the opportunity for increasing inclusion, accessibility, and equity.
  • Discussion of specific member state RRF plans for digital transformation with government, industry, and disability leaders.
  • Review of key European norms and regulations addressing accessibility and digital inclusion of persons with disabilities and socially responsible public procurement.
  • Guidance on how procurement can support more inclusive digital transformation and recovery, including how public sector bodies can specify accessibility for persons with disabilities in the procurement of ICT products and services under their RRF digital transformation plans.


  • Alvaro Couceiro, Social Policy Officer, European Disability Forum (EDF)
  • Silvia Mestres, EU Funds Business Program Manager, Microsoft
  • Catherine Naughton, Director, European Disability Forum (EDF)
  • Jeremy Rollison, Senior Director, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft
  • James Thurston, Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, G3ict
  • European Commission (TBC)