EBU and the European Union
For details of our ongoing actions carried out in the framework of the European institutions, see the EBU Liaison Commission, ONCE (esp) bulletins.
The decisions taken by the European Union have a direct and significant impact on the daily lives of blind and partially sighted Europeans.
EBU actively seeks to influence EU policy to ensure that the specific interests of blind and partially sighted persons are considered in all EU decisions affecting them. See for example our Position Papers for the full range of issues which EBU has addressed.
We have good connections with Members of the European Parliament, European Commission officials and European Expert groups as well as with the European Disability Forum (EDF) and national government officials participating in the EU decision making process.
Discrimination and rights - the European Blind Union and the policy agenda
People with sight loss face discrimination and infringement of their rights on a daily basis, be it at work, in trying to find work, or in going to a café, supermarket or hospital. The fight against discrimination and the campaign for equal rights lie at the heart of EBU's campaigning work.
EBU believes this campaigning activity needs to take place on many levels and within a policy framework using three key tools.
Legislation on rights and non-discrimination
Positive action - practical adjustments to achieve progress.
Protection in law is a key factor. EBU was a major player in the campaign to incorporate the reference to discrimination on the basis of disability into Article 13 of the European Treaty in 1997, which gave the European Union, for the first time, a legal base to combat discrimination. The Commission's Non-Discrimination Action Plan and the EC Directive on Equal Treatment in Employment and Occupation are direct results of Article 13. EBU supports and promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.