WHICH INSTITUTIONS ARE INCLUDED IN THE ACCESSIBLITY PLUS PROGRAMME?
The Act on Providing Accessibility is aimed at helping people with special needs. The premise of the document is to reform public offices and institutions. Various institutions are adapting their infrastructure and communication formula to make it easier for people with disabilities, seniors, and pregnant women to handle their necessary formalities. Who is obliged to meet the requirements of the government programme?
Analysis of the provisions of the Act of July 19, 2019, allows one to determine which institutions are likely to be subject to the Accessibility Plus programme and obliged to implement the new system solutions. These are primarily entities that have been established by the decision of a public finance sector unit. Their management is therefore subject to the supervision of, for example, the municipality that established the entity. More than half of the members of the management or supervisory board are appointed by the aforementioned public finance sector unit.
Another element relevant to the analysis is the source of the entity’s funding. If the amount allocated to a particular initiative comes in more than 50 percent from public funds, it is subject to the Accessibility Plus programme. A similar rule applies when more than half of the shares in an entity are held by a public finance sector unit. Another element is the purpose of the entity’s operation. If it operates to provide a universal service (e.g. urban transport), it is also obliged to implement and adhere to the objectives of the government Accessibility Plus project. The programme covers institutions that in their operations apply the public procurement law.