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Light For The World

Identification number in the register: 74313108109-71
Registration date: 20/02/2012 11:38:33

The information on this entity was last modified on: 27/01/2014 16:11:43
The date of the last annual update was: 27/01/2014 16:11:43

This entry follows the format of the previous Register. It will be changed to the new format when the entity makes the next update.
Next update due latest on: 27/04/2015

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Light For The World


gemeinnüteiger Verein

    Section of registration

III - Non-governmental organisations

Non-governmental organisations, platforms and networks and similar

    Contact details

Niederhofstraße, 26/3
Vienna 1120

(+43) 18101300

(+43) 1810130015

EU Liaison Office
Rue Washington 38-40
B-1050 Brussels
Tel.: + 32 2 275 00 85
Fax : + 32 2 275 09 93

    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Rupert Roniger

Executive Director

    Person in charge of EU relations

Ms  Steffie Neyens

EU Liaison Officer

    Goals / remit

Note: this covers activities for the year 2013.
LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is one of the leading European NGOs dedicated to restoring eyesight, preventing blindness, providing rehabilitation and access to inclusive education, and promoting the human rights of people with disabilities. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD provides access to treatment and rehabilitation for persons with disabilities by supporting local partner organisations. We also commit ourselves to the task of creating new opportunities for persons with disabilities, to increase mobility with the help of devices, to start initiatives that will provide education and income, and to support people with disabilities to exercise their rights.
In addition, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is committed to raising awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities within their family, communities and national contexts, as well as within the wider development agenda. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is committed to transparency about EU interest representation.

LIGHT FOR THE WORLD is committed to transparency about EU lobbying. LIGHT FOR THE WORLD believes that the Transparency Register fails basic transparency standards and does not yet live up to its name. We support ALTER-EU's demand for a mandatory nature of the register, safeguards against underreporting, and publication of the names of interest
When registering, we have therefore chosen to provide additional information that we consider necessary and relevant for lobbying transparency. A credible EU lobbying transparency register should include names of individual lobbyists and the issues that they try to influence, provide precise and comparable financial information on lobbying, and have effective monitoring and sanctions to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information disclosed. In an effort to arrive at a more objective way of calculating lobbying expenditures, we follow guidelines that result from consultations with public interest organisations, professionals working on lobby transparency as well as experts of US lobby disclosure legislation. Our registration is therefore providing a more comprehensive calculation of our expenses for activities that aim to influence the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions, and a list of those who, on behalf of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD, carry out such activities.
Our registration is based on the guidelines for transparent registration developed by the Civil Society Contact Group and ALTER-EU. Find the guidelines on or

  • European
  • global


LFW provided feedback to the European Commission’s Communication on post-2015 (“A Decent Life For All: ending poverty and giving the world a sustainable future”).

Participated in the EU consultations ‘Ensuring Sustainable Development Globally: EU Follow-up to Rio + 20’.

Attended the launch of the report from the post 2015 High Level Panel

Participated in the process of drafting the official Beyond 2015 European Task Force position and recommendations for the post-2015.

In view of the UN High Level Meetings in September (UN High Level Meeting on Disability and Development and the UN Special Event to follow-up on Efforts towards Achieving the MDGs), the EULO, on behalf of IDDC and in collaboration with the European Disability Forum (EDF), organized a High Level Exchange on the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Post-MDGs.

Advocated the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the European budget’s Heading 4 (“EU as a global player”), especially in the Instrument for Development Cooperation (DCI); Instrument for the Promotion of Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR); and the Common Regulations for the External Instruments, as well as in the European Development Fund.

As IDDC members, and in collaboration with IDA’s Alexandre Cote, worked on a stocktaking of the situation of social protection for persons with disabilities. Expected report: February 2014

Member of the European Working Group on Decent Work and Social Protection in Development Cooperation.
European Commission, DG DEVCO, Unit B3 was preparing a publication on Inclusive Education (not only on disability but more in general about often excluded groups) and asked for our feedback. This was discussed with Nafisa Baboo, the Light for the World Senior Advisor on Inclusive Education.
Attended EU - ACP JPA that took place in June 2013 in the European Parliament in Brussels. IDDC stand at the event and staff from the EULO attended the meetings.

Put an item on disability and development on the agenda of the JPA Social Affairs and the Environment Committee that took place in September 2013 in Brussels.
In November 2013, the 26th session of the EU ACP Joint Parliamentary took place in Addis Ababa, Ehtiopia. A field trip was organized in cooperation with CBM EU office, CBM Ethiopia, Light for the World Ethiopia and Handicap International Ethiopia.

Light for the World EULO is a member (observer status) of the Concord Cotonou Working Group.

The EULO followed a report from MEP Patrice Tirolien (EP, DEVE) on the financing of EU cooperation in ACP countries for the 2014-2020 period (11th European Development Fund), and ensured the inclusion of the interests of persons with disabilties in said report

Organized a screening of the documentary Body and Soul in the EU DEVCO - EuropeAid Infopoint.

‘Say yes to inclusion’ message by Commissioner Piebalgs was recorded.
Organized, in close cooperation with DG Devco, a lunch-time conference at the European Commission external cooperation infopoint.

LFW, on behalf of IDDC, has been involved in the 2-year process of review and update of the World Bank’s Social and Environmental Safeguard Policies.

Light For the World EU liaison office is still co-chair of the EU Task Group
The main focus of Light For the World EU liaison office within the Task Group has been involvement in the preparation and implementation of the IDDC Election Strategy, including the drafting of a Statement for Members of and candidates to the European Parliament, outlining their support to our cause.
Participated in the meetings. In the context of the 2014 European elections, HRDN produced an election statement and LFW took the responsibility to do the Dutch translation.

    Number of persons involved in the activities described in the box above


On behalf of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD the persons listed below have had, during the reporting period, four or more contacts with members or officials of the EU institutions with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions; or they have spent 20 percent or more of their working time on behalf of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD carrying out such activities:

Steffie Neyens, EU Liaison Officer

Johannes Trimmel, Director international Programmes and Policy

François Carbonez, Policy Officer

    Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

First name Surname Start Date End Date
François Carbonez 01/04/2014 28/03/2015
Steffie Neyens 19/09/2014 17/09/2015

    Fields of interest

  • Development
  • Employment and Social Affairs
  • External Relations
  • Humanitarian Aid

    Membership and affiliation


Licht Für die Welt(9),
Light For The World Belgium(3),
Light For The World Netherlands(7),
Svetlo Pro Svet(4)

  • NETHERLANDS - International Agency for the Prevention of Blindess (IAPB) - VISION 2020 - The Right to Sight - International Disability and Development Consortium (IDDC) - International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI) - Global Campaign for Education - International Coalition for Trachoma Control/ICTC - End Exclusion Project

    Financial data

01/2012  -  01/2013

20,998,094 €

2,982,067 €



2,982,067 €


18,016,027 €

12,155,159 €


2,802,717 €

2,012,845 €

227,289 €

628,286 €

106,329 €

83,402 €

Following the guidelines of the EU Civil Society Contact Group and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU, LIGHT FOR THE WORLD has calculated that it spent an estimated € 90.000 in 2011 on activities carried out with the objective of influencing the policy formulation and decision-making processes of the European institutions.

    Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.

The organisation has also declared to be bound to the following other Code:
Guidelines of the EU Civil Society Contact Group and the Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation in the EU