It was adopted on June 27, 2013 in Marrakesh. The treaty marks a breakthrough in enabling blind, partially sighted and other print-handicapped persons to access the printed word. EBU is campaigning for full ratification and implementation at European level.
Our vision is that of a Europe which supports and empowers blind and partially sighted people, in which we can be self-determining and which fully includes us within all aspects of society, in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
It is one of the key texts providing a legal framework for the equality and inclusion of all people with disabilities. It is of course a cornerstone of much of EBU's ongoing work, and we actively promote, disseminate and encourage its use by all of our members.
EBU works towards an accessible and inclusive society with equal opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to fully participate in all aspects of social, economic, cultural and political life.
Under the Estonian Presidency an agreement on the legal framework for EU ratification was reached last Friday, September 22nd by the Council Working Group on Copyright closely following the terms of the European Court opinion that established exclusive EU to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty. There is no text available yet but we have been told there are no controversial issues involved nor any reference to the WIPO Marrakesh Assembly. This agreement has now been sent to be translated which...