Dear EBU Members, Dear Readers,

As we start a New Year, I would like to convey my very best wishes to all of you for a healthy, enjoyable and successful 2021!

For many of us, both individually and for our organisations, 2020 was a challenging year during which we faced many unforeseen obstacles along the way. And while the switch from one year to another obviously does not take away some of the challenges, we can certainly be optimistic about the future!

This newsletter is not the time or place to take stock of EBU’s achievements in 2020; the annual report will take care of this. Nor is it the place to give a detailed overview of what lies ahead. But some key features of our joint work this year are:

  • The kick-off of our PARVIS project, which will help us to create innovative audio-visual tools to advocate for the rights of blind and partially sighted people in many areas of life.
  • The preparation of a new multi-year project with the European Commission, which will allow EBU to consolidate and further develop its work.
  • The adoption of the new 10-year EU Disability Rights Strategy, which will provide a framework for our EU advocacy work for the years to come, and which will include, as much as we know today, a number of key demands put forward by EBU over the last years.
  • And so many more activities, events and actions to strengthen the rights of blind and partially sighted people across the continent! All of these will only be made possible and successful with a vibrant network of support. In other words, I count on all of you to play an active role in moving our joint agenda forward also this year, and look forward to many achievements, encounters and sharing!

Have a good start in 2021 and enjoy reading our monthly newsletter,