Treaty for the Visually Impaired: event at European Parliament on May 4th


Does the EU support a Treaty for blind and other reading disabled people?

4 May 2010 from 9:30 till 14:00
European Parliament, PH Spaak Building, Room P7C050

A conference organized by MEPs Ska Keller and Thijs Berman, with the support of TACD and the European Blind Union

(8:30- 9:30 Reception and continental breakfast served in front of room P7C050)

9:30 Welcome words by MEP Ska Keller (Greens, Germany) and MEP Thijs Berman (S&D, The Netherlands)

9:45 Presentation MEP Adam Kosa (EPP, Slovakia), Chair of Disability Intergroup

10:00 Panel 1: How the Visually Impaired Read: Problems and Solutions

Rodolfo Catani, European Blind Union, Italy
Pete Osborne, Royal National Institute for the Blind, UK
Nirmita Narasimhan, Centre for Internet and Society, India

Moderator: Manon Ress, Knowledge Ecology International

11:00 Panel 2: Why a binding treaty for the visually impaired at the World Intellectual Property Organization?

Barbara Martin, OrganizaciĆ³n Nacional de Ciegos, Spain
James Love, Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, USA
Dan Pescod, Royal National Institute for the Blind, UK
Luis Vayas, Embassy of Equador and country proponent of Treaty (TbC)

Moderator: MEP Ska Keller

12:00 Panel: What is the opinion of the European Parliament and the European Commission
MEPs : Ska Keller, Thijs Berman, Dieter-Lebrecht Koch, Oriol Junqueras and Licthenberger

Response from Barbara Norcross of DG Markt and representative before WIPO of EC.

13: 00 Demonstration of reading techniques and informal press conference at Third Floor corner of European Parliament – Cocktail reception in same hall.
(14:00 Lunch for speakers and blind organization representatives)

Registration is mandatory by April 27th HYPERLINK “”

Please indicate your full name, address as on ID and Date of Birth and be present at 8:30 at the entrance of the Spinelli building rue Wiertz with a picture ID. Note that after 9:30, access will be very difficult.