Financial Market Guarantee System has launched a new website that complies with accessibility rules

Prague, 11 August 2020 – In the recent days, the Financial Market Guarantee System has launched a new website which complies with the accessibility rules set by the Ministry of the Interior1. The new website of the Guarantee System is now accessible to people with certain disabilities such as the visually impaired.

The new website of the Guarantee System can be now processed, for example, by screen readers used by the visually impaired. The video content posted on the website is also accessible to the hearing impaired thanks to text versions of video dubbing.

The new website of the Guarantee System will be gradually adding educational materials informing the general public about the deposit insurance system and compensation disbursements. “For a long time, we have been trying to increase public awareness on how compensation is paid for deposits from a failed financial institution and to make the public aware that in the event of a failure of a bank, cooperative credit union or building savings bank people need not worry about losing their deposits,” explains Ms. Renáta Kadlecová, Managing Director of the Financial Market Guarantee System.

The website also has its English version which mirrors the content of the Czech site. Other language versions – German, Russian, Dutch, Polish and Hungarian – have a simplified content which informs foreign-language depositors about the Czech deposit insurance scheme.

The website of the Guarantee System also has a link to the institution’s Facebook profile. This profile features educational videos and quizzes that are aimed to provide people with the maximum information possible about the banking system, financial products and the deposit insurance scheme. “Surveys show that while financial literacy in the Czech Republic has been slightly growing over the recent years, in international comparison it is still at an average level. Therefore, we also try to help people get around in the complex world of finance,” adds Renáta Kadlecová.

The new website now also shows the 2019 annual reports, both in Czech and English. Starting from the next year, these reports will also comply with accessibility guidelines.

1Contained in Act No. 99/2019 Coll., on the accessibility of websites and mobile applications and on amendment to Act No. 365/2000 Coll., on information systems of the public administration and on amendment to some other acts, as amended; based on DIRECTIVE (EU) 2016/2102 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 26 October 2016 on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies

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