The EBU 2018 work programme (abbreviated to “REC18”) dispatches activities into four main categories: campaigning, reports, capacity-building and communication.


In 2018, EBU will continue to campaign actively to defend the rights of blind and partially sighted European citizens on a wide range of policy areas, including the following listed below. Additionally, EBU will recruit a Campaign Officer.

  • ACCESS TO BOOKS. EBU efforts will focus on the ratification of the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty by the EU and the transposition at national level of the Directive. See our Marrakesh Treaty campaign page for more information.
  • EU ACCESSIBILITY ACT (EAA). EBU will continue to lobby for a stronger Act. This process will continue in the coming months in the framework of the trialogue between the European Parliament, the Council and the European Commission. See our EAA campaign page for more information.
  • AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA SERVICES (AVMS) DIRECTIVE. EBU will work actively to ensure that the Council adopts the joint agreement with the industry. Once adopted, we will support our national members to secure a meaningful transposition into national law.  
  • SILENT VEHICLES. In 2018, annex 8 of the EU regulation 540/2014 will provide operational specifications for an AVAS system. EBU will lobby for such specifications to offer the best detectability possible for both driving and stationary vehicles. See our silent cars campaign page for more information.
  • ACCESSIBILITY OF PAYMENT TERMINALS. As part of the Pay-Able platform, EBU will continue to strive for accessibility standards for payment terminals to be developed and for payment terminals to be included in scope of the EAA or failing this, any related legislation. See our accessible payment terminals campaign page for more information.
  • ACCESSIBILITY OF LIFTS. Together with ANEC, EBU will lobby for (sufficient) accessibility requirements by means of including the Design for All approach to be included in the basic lift standard EN 81-20. See our accessible lifts campaign page for more information.


Analytical work will be pursued in 2018 through the following activities:

  • EBU delivered an analytical report on the implementation of UNCRPD article 26 “Habilitation and rehabilitation” in .docx and pdf formats. 
  • EBU is also updating data on UNCRPD article 21 “Freedom of expression and access to information” with a view to producing a new report in 2019.
  • EBU will collect and publish best practices in the area of accessibility. The 2018 publication will focus on employment and will be translated into French, German, Italian and Spanish.
  • Blind and partially-sighted seniors’ needs will be collected at national level and summarized in a European concept note.
  • EBU will update the study on the “Accessibility for blind and partially-sighted voters to electoral systems” carried out in 2009. A Project Group will collect best practices and produce a survey report to be presented to EU institutions before the 2019 European elections. It will also serve as a basis for further actions to be implemented in 2019.


EBU will organize a number of capacity-building events such as:

  • Campaigning. An internal “how to” memo on campaigning was developed in Czech, English, French, German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish and Turkish in combination with an e-workshop (i.e. an on-line training and sharing session) directed at any interested EBU members’ staff or volunteer. 
  • Youth employability. Young blind and partially sighted job-seekers will be trained and coached. A trainer manual, a job-seeker manual as well as a Training Course structure is being developed. 
  • Gender equality. An internal state-of-the-art report on gender equality in EBU member organisations was developed. A Training Course will also be held in Austria on 10-11 Ocotber to raise awareness of VI organisaiotns' board members on the issue. 
  • EBU access cast. A one-hour EBU podcast on assistive technos by BPS Europeans. is released every month.
  • EByouth. Young BPS leaders are being identified at European and national level. All the leaders identified will receive regular empowerment training in the years to come. 
  • EBU yearly event. An EBU conference on low vision was held June in Slovenia. It offered EBU members the opportunity discuss and exchange the latest technical and legal developments related to low vision.


In 2018, EBU is pursuing efforts to raise its profile and raise awareness on BPS' needs and concerns with European decision makers and the general public through the following channels:

  • EBU website (new version, recently launched).
  • EBU 2017 activity report.
  • EBU Focus, a thematic quarterly publication in English, French, German and Spanish.
  • The EBU publication “The UNCRPD - A new look at our human rights” is now available in Portuguese and Lithuanian. National information sessions are also being held to inform visually impaired citizens of their fundamental rights as enshrined in their national legislation and deriving from the UNCRPD.
  • An exhaustive glossary of EBU and visual impairment-related terms was developed and an e-workshop was held in July in order to increase our members’ staff and volunteers’ understanding of how EBU works. 

For more information on the REC18 work programme, please contact Romain Ferretti, EBU Project Officer, at

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This work programme is co-funded by the "Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme" Programme of the European Union.