Campaigns and activities

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EBU works to ensure an effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

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Current Campaigns

EBU carries out ongoing campaigns at EU level on key issues to our community to ensure that EU law takes into account as fully as possible our rights and demands for an inclusive society with equal opportunities for all.

Creative Europe/MEDIA funding to the film industry

Visually impaired persons enjoy films or documentaries as much as everyone else, but in order to fully understand them they need audio description and audio subtitling for what is shown on the screen.

Audio description communicates important visual content with spoken information inserted as a narrative between the dialogue and other programme sounds. Audio subtitling – also known as spoken subtitles – is the reading aloud of subtitles. As a complement – never as a substitute – to audio description, audio subtitling is especially useful to the visually impaired community in the case of foreign-language products that are subtitled rather than dubbed.

We believe that public funding and in particular MEDIA funding to the film industry should be granted only to projects that will create a version with audio description and audio subtitling. But as an intermediate realistic step, we ask that, for the period 2021-2027 the Creative Europe Programme and annual work programmes include audio description and audio subtitling among the selection and award criteria for MEDIA funding, and at least 25% of films that receive MEDIA production or distribution funding have an audio description and audio subtitling in the languages of the production.

 

Current Activities

EBU carries out specific activities related to our strategic plan, and many of these thanks to financing from the EU, details of which can be found in the following section.

Awareness-raising on blind and partially sighted persons' rights

PARVIS (Promoting Awareness on the Rights of Visually Disabled People in an Inclusive Society) raises awareness of blind and partially-sighted persons rights, while building visual impairment organisations’ capacities to advocate for them, through the creation and provision of accessible audiovisual communication material, harmonised at the European level.

Finished Campaigns and activities

You will find below our recently finished campaigns and activities. We also worked on areas not mentioned on this page (e.g. assistive devices, access to museums, teaching languages). Please contact us for more information at ebu@euroblind.org.

In 2019, EBU and its members carried out activities to foster the development of an inclusive Europe, where blind and partially sighted (BPS) citizens have the same rights and opportunities as other citizens.