EBU works to ensure an effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With this Statement, we call on candidates and political parties from all countries to pay attention, in the campaign for the European elections of 2024 and, if elected, during the following five years, to the expectations of blind and partially sighted persons in Europe, in line with the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
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.
- PARVIS awareness-raising decentralised event on political participation, 2022
- EBU Conference 2021 Employment of Blind and Partially Sighted People - a Key to Inclusion
- EBU 2020 Webinars: Acoustic Systems for Information and Navigation
- The 11th EBU General Assembly, Rome 2019
- The EBU GEAR Conference on Gender Equality, June 2019
- EBU Low Vision Conference 2018
- The EBU Blind Date Event 2014