Declaration on Barrier Freedom

The European Representation of the German Social Insurance is to make its websites accessible in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Equality for Persons with Disabilities Act (BGG) and the Barrier-Free Information Technology Ordinance (BITV 2.0) implementing Directive (EU) 2016/2102. This declaration on accessibility (as of: 24.05.2023) applies to the version of this website currently accessible on the Internet (

Conformity status

Due to the current revision and testing, the website is only partially compatible with the accessibility requirements. The website is currently being revised in accordance with the applicable requirements.

Which parts are not barrier-free?

The ed* magazine is provided as a barrier-free PDF document. All other publications are not yet barrier-free. If you come across a PDF document that is not barrier-free, please contact us at

  • Barrier-free forms (e.g. form texts): We make every effort to provide you with a barrier-free version. In this case, please contact us by e-mail.
  • The alternative texts for graphics and objects on the website are gradually being revised in accordance with the guidelines on barrier freedom.
  • Alternatives for movement activation are not available.
  • The alternative texts for objects and graphics, the enlarged browser view as well as content in easy language and German sign language are not yet available.
  • Alternative texts for control elements, (layout) graphics, objects exist
  • HTML structural elements for headings and lists exist
  • Structured content (concerns keyboard accessibility and reading via screen reader) exists
  • Meaningful order (concerns reading order for screen readers) exists
  • Change text size (browser and text zoom) 
  • Automatic pagination (reflow)
  • Non-text contrast (insufficient contrast for information-bearing graphics and graphic control elements)
  • Text spacing (overlapping of elements with text zoom)
  • Videos are not subtitled and do not have audio description or full text alternative.
  • Hover or focus to show content
  • Keyboard (individual controls cannot be controlled via keyboard)
  • Skip blocks (concerns mechanism to bypass content blocks)
  • Focus order (concerns navigation under motor restriction)
  • Link purpose (in context) (meaningful description in the link text)
  • Focus visible (concerns operating mode in which the keyboard focus is visible)
  • Label in the name (accessible labelling of controls)
  • Language of parts (concerns use by screen reader)
  • Consistent navigation (labelling of recurring content)
  • Consistent labelling (uniform designation of menu items that belong together in terms of content)
  • Input support (automatic recognition of input errors)
  • Syntax analysis (errors in HTML syntax, concerns use by screen reader)
  • Name, role, value (labelling of controls)
  • Accessibility and compatibility features (listing of barrier freedom and compatibility features)
  • Barrier-free documentation (concerns heading structure and non-skippable blocks within the declaration on barrier freedom)
  • Technical document check (concerns not fully barrier-free PDF documents)
  • Keyboard accessibility
  • Focus highlight [AG1] 

Date of drafting of the declaration

This declaration was drafted on 24.05.2023.

Report barriers: Contact

Would you like to inform us about existing barriers or ask for information on the implementation of barrier freedom? For your feedback and any further information, please contact us at: Alternatively, you can reach us by telephone at: 0032 2 282 0550

Arbitration procedure

If no satisfactory solution has been found even after your feedback to the above-mentioned e-mail address, you can contact the Arbitration Board according to Section 16 Principles of the Employers' Liability Insurance Association (BGG). The Arbitration Board according to the Principles of the Employers' Liability Insurance Association (BGG) has the task of supporting out-of-court dispute resolution in the event of conflicts between persons with disabilities and federal public bodies on the topic of barrier freedom. The arbitration procedure is free of charge. No legal counsel required. For more information on the arbitration procedure and how to apply, please visit:

You can contact the Arbitration Board according to the Principles of the Employers' Liability Insurance Association (BGG) directly at or by telephone on 030 18 527-2805.