EBU STATEMENT ON THE EUROPEAN ELECTIONS 2024
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.
EBU-ECB AND THE EURO
EBU has collaborated with the European Central Bank (ECB) since the euro design phase in the 1990s. This was to ensure that accessibility features on the coins and banknotes were fit for purpose.
AWARENESS-RAISING ON BLIND AND PARTIALLY SIGHTED PERSONS’ RIGHT
PARVIS (Promoting Awareness on the Rights of Visually Disabled People in an Inclusive Society) raises awareness of blind and partially-sighted persons rights, while building visual impairment organisations’ capacities to advocate for them, through the creation and provision of accessible audiovisual communication material, harmonised at the European level.
Persons with disabilities have the right to participate in elections on an equal basis. Nonetheless, visually impaired citizens cannot vote independently and secretly in most European countries. The EBU’s AVA Project (“Accessible Voting Awareness-Raising”) aims to solve this problem.