Image: The European Blind Union logo

Image: The European Blind Union logo


The European Blind Union (EBU) is WBU’s Regional Union for Europe. EBU is a non-governmental, non profit-making European organization founded in 1984. One of the six regional bodies of the World Blind Union, it is the only organization representing the interests of blind and partially-sighted people in Europe. EBU provides a European platform for its membership to share views, expertise and information and to act together on matters of common interest. Read more

Executive Body

The EBU is led by a board consisting of 5 officers (President, first and second vice presidents, treasurer and secretary general) and up to 8 ordinary members. They are elected by the EBU membership at the General Assembly for the period of four years. Board members are accountable to the General Assembly. All board members are blind or partially sighted. Detailed information about its composition, voting procedure, powers and functions can be found in the EBU Constitution.


EBU currently has 41 member countries, each represented by a national delegation. Read more

Current Activities

EBU carries out specific activities related to its strategic plan and overall goals. Here are the current activities.


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. Read more

Making information accessible for all

The European Blind Union asks that information is accessible to anyone, including blind and partially sighted people, and at the same time and at no additional cost. In this publication we focus on the accessibility of printed and electronic documents intended for a broad audience including websites, books, invoices, letters, leaflets etc. Read more

EBU Newsletters

From January 2018 EBU will publish two kinds of newsletter, a monthly members newsletter, and a three-monthly EBU Focus which will be an in-depth look at a specific topic. Archives of previous EBU newsletters are also available.
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UNCRPD legislative database

EBU has worked on the CRPD;

  • To help ensure an effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities;
  • To provide up-to-date information on specific legislation relevant to blind and partially sighted people in Europe;
  • To enable EBU member organisations to record the extent to which their country’s legislation provides the rights contained in the Convention. Read more

For more information about the European Blind Union visit the Region’s website.

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