In the EU, perhaps the most critical piece of legislation impacting the regional development of E-Accessibility, the European Accessibility Act is expected to emerge in 2012. The EAA has been working its way through the EU since 2008. The intent of the proposed act is to harmonise the European market for accessible goods and services through social regulation and the promotion of Universal Design. In the consultation document for the EAA, the EC recognized the low levels of accessibility outcomes and compliance with national policies. In February the European Commission closed the public consultation for the EAA. Disabled persons organizations, academics, persons with and without disabilities, professional organizations, and advocates throughout Europe responded. Notable among these contributions were the responses from the Royal National Institute of Blind People and the European Disability Forum .