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.

The Marrakesh Treaty

Currently, copyright law is a national jurisdiction which has the effect of preventing blind organizations from sharing books with neighboring countries, thus causing considerable unnecessary duplication of production of books in accessible formats. The treaty will considerably increase the availability of accessible books all over the world and support the mitigation of the predominant book famine. Currently only 5% of all published books in the developed countries and less than 1% in the developing countries are ever produced in accessible formats - such as braille, large print and audio – that visually impaired people and print disabled people need for equal reading enjoyment.

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.

The EBU 2020 Action Plan

This document sets out actions to be conducted in 2020 to implement the Strategic Orientation Plan agreed by the 11th EBU General Assembly (Rome, 28-30 October 2019). The activities are divided amongst a list of specific objectives.

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.