REC17

The EBU 2017 work programme (shortened in “REC17”) dispatches activities into four main categories: campaigning, reports, capacity-building and communication.

CAMPAIGNING

In 2017, EBU continues to actively campaign to defend the rights of blind and partially sighted European citizens on a wide range of policy areas, including:

  • Accessibility Act. Our members pursue colllaboration with the European Commission, partner NGOs across the EU, as well as MEPs and governments to ensure that, once it is published, the European Accessibility Act is 'fit for purpose'.
  • Access to books. The World Blind Union (WBU) and EBU campaign for the EU to start the ratification process of the WIPO “Marrakech treaty to Improve Access to published works for persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled”.
  • Silent vehicles. EBU continues to lobby for the prohibition of a pause switch, the installation of a stationary sound and a minimum sound level which enables pedestrians to detect the presence and operation of a moving vehicle, so that such requirements are part of the UNECE regulation to be adopted in Mid-May 2016, and likely to be incorporated into the EU regulation.
  • Accessibility of payment terminals. EBU continues to lobby for standardization and accessibility of payment terminals on a European level, in particular through the newly-established Pay-Able European platform.

A coordination meeting of the EBU commission for Liaising with the EU will also be held in Tallinn, Estonia, on 16-17 September.

Finally, EC funding enables to cover travel and subsistence costs of EBU leaders to represent EBU in political and technical meetings throughout Europe.

REPORTS

Analytical work will be pursued in 2017 through the following activities:

  • EBU will produce a new UNCRPD report on article 7 “Children with disabilities”. Also, national legislative provisions on article 26 "Habilitation and rehabilitation” will be collected.
  • In collaboration with ICEVI-Europe, EBU will continue to investigate accessibility of the Erasmus+ programme to visually impaired students. Recommendations for Erasmus and disability coordinators, as well as for students themselves, will be delivered.
  • EBU will also produce recommendations to increase braille literacy and improve braille teaching.

CAPACITY-BUILDING

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

  • Campaigning.
    An e-workshop and a regional seminar will help respectively EU and non-EU member countries to implement the Marrakesh Treaty at national level.
    A TC on effective campaigning skills will be held in Paris on 5-6 October.
  • Ageing. A new facilitators training course (External link) was held in Warsaw, Poland, on 11-12 May. The 6 newly-trained facilitators from Greece, Iceland and Poland are now preparing the full VISAL course they will hold in their country by the end of the year.
  • Youth employability. From 13 to 15 April, 8 young blind and partially sighted Europeans were trained in Tirrenia, Italy, to improve their employability (more info here (External link) ), including working on body language. They are now organizing each 2 short national training sessions on the same topics to be held by the end of the year.
  • Gender equality. A new e-workshop aiming to promote gender equality mainstreaming will be held by the end of the year.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION

In 2017, EBU will pursue 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.
  • EBU 2016 activity report.
  • EBU press releases
  • EBU newsletter, currently issued every two months in English, French, German and Spanish.
  • An awareness-raising video entitled “The Roads Leading to the Top: a video on blind and partially sighted women's leadership” is being produced.
  • The EBU publication “The UNCRPD - A new look at our human rights” will be translated into 3 languages and national information sessions will be held to inform visually impaired citizens of their fundamental rights as enshrined in their national legislation and deriving from the UNCRPD.

For more information on the REC17 work programme, please contact Romain Ferretti, EBU Project Officer, at ebuprojects@euroblind.org.

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