Accessibility Statement

Information about this website’s accessibility

This accessibility statement applies to the website under the domain of The ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research is committed to making the website accessible in accordance with the Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz – BGG) and the Accessible Information Technology Ordinance (Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung – BITV 2.0).

Compliance with accessibility regulations

The accessibility requirements arise from Section 3 Articles 1–4 and Section 4 of the BITV 2.0, which was implemented on the basis of Section 12d of the BGG.
This website has been tested for compliance with these requirements by ZEW on 22 September 2020.
This website is only partly compliant with the aforementioned requirements due to the non-compliances listed below.

Which parts of this website are not fully accessible?

The page was relaunched on 9 September 2022. The barriers will be reviewed again in due course.

PDF documents:
Description: The majority of PDF documents published on this website are not fully accessible. This applies especially to older publications, ZEW Discussion Papers and editorial contents.

Measures: The media design team at ZEW is working on a concept to improve accessibility of PDF documents and will gradually implement these changes. New publications are, if possible, made available in accordance with accessibility standards.

Interactive graphics for the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment:
Description: The interactive graphic element for the ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment is created and added to the website using the external Highchart® module. This cannot be navigated using a keyboard.

Measures: We are testing whether we can improve the user experience by integrating, for instance, the accessibility module of this provider.

Research page:
Description: The interactive element to display the overview of our research is difficult to navigate using a keyboard.

Measures: We are evaluating plans to improve this website’s accessibility so as to introduce appropriate measures as part of the planned relaunch in 2021.

Mobile devices:
This website is only partly adapted to suit all devices (including mobile devices).
We will update this information as soon as we have identified and fixed non-accessible content.

We are planning to relaunch our website in 2021, where we will address remaining issues regarding the website’s accessibility.

Feedback and contact

Did you have problems accessing the contents of the website Or do you have questions regarding accessibility?
Please contact us at or via this contact form.

You can also contact us by mail or e-mail:
ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research
L 7, 1
68161 Mannheim  
Phone: +49 (0)621 1235-322

Arbitration procedures

An Arbitration Service has been set up in accordance with section 16 of the German Act on Equal Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities (BGG). The purpose of the Arbitration Service is to settle disputes between persons with disabilities and federal public authorities.

If you are not happy with how we respond to your complaint, you can contact this Arbitration Service. There are no winners or losers. The aim is to work together to find a solution out of court.

The arbitration procedure is free of charge, and there is no need to call upon legal counsel.

You can find more information about arbitration procedures on the website of the Arbitration Service. There, you can read up on how an arbitration procedure works and how to submit an application for arbitration. You can also submit your application in Simple English or in German Sign Language.

You can contact the Arbitration Service at the following address:

Schlichtungsstelle nach dem Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz
bei dem Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für die Belange von Menschen mit Behinderungen
Mauerstraße 53
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 18 527-2805
Fax: +49 (0)30 18 527-2901

This statement was published on 21 September 2020. Last update: 11 December 2020.