REC18

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

CAMPAIGNING

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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • ACCESSIBILITOF 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.

REPORTING

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

  • EBU will deliver an analytical report on the implementation of UNCRPD article 26 “Habilitation and rehabilitation”. 
  • EBU will also update 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.

CAPACITY-BUILDING

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

  • Campaigning. A “how to” sheet on campaigning will be developed in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish 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. In 2018, a trainer manual as well as a Training Course structure is to be developed and presented to future national trainers. 
  • Gender equality. A state-of-the-art report on gender equality in EBU member organisations will be developed. A Training Course will also be held in Austria to raise awareness. 
  • EBU access cast. A one-hour EBU podcast will be produced every month aimed at increasing knowledge about assistive technologies by BPS Europeans. 
  • EByouth. Young BPS leaders will be 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 will be held in Slovenia. It will offer EBU members the opportunity discuss and exchange the latest technical and legal developments related to low vision.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION

In 2018, 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 (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” will be translated into 2 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.
  • An exhaustive glossary of EBU and visual impairment-related terms will be developed and an e-workshop will be held 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 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.