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Update about the negotiations regarding the draft proposal of the European Commission concerning the European Accessibility Act - 27.7.2017

EBU welcomes the commission's proposal suggesting a broader and more ambitious scope of the act. Nevertheless we feel that the act has some crucial omissions concerning accessibility which would be vital for the everyday lives and independence of blind and partially sighted Europeans.

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MappED! - Providing Equal Opportunities to Students with Disabilities for their Participation in the Erasmus+ Programme - 5.7.2017

The Erasmus Student Network recently launched its new service, MappED! - the platform for inclusive academic mobility.

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European Blind Union: Implement this legislation without new barriers and ratify the Marrakesh Treaty with no further delay - 4.7.2017

We are happy that this legislation opens the door for swift EU ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty. At the same time we deeply regret that this agreement allows EU member states to impose a “tax on accessible books” or a “compensation right” to be paid to rightsholders as we consider this in contradiction with the right-to-read objectives of the Marrakesh Treaty.

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Implementing the Marrakesh Treaty - 28.6.2017

In May 2016, the European Commission proposed a regulation and a directive to implement the treaty in the European Union. In March 2017, the JURI Committee proposed a series of amendments. Agreement was reached in interinstitutional trilogue negotiations in May 2017 and the text agreed is due to be voted on at the July plenary session.

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