To be careful that we do not have overlapping interests with other organisations in the interest of deaf people, we are pursuing active partnerships with other organisations. Currently we have a memorandum of understanding with the European Union of the Deaf and World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section.

European Union of the Deaf
The EUD is a European non-governmental organisation, based in Brussels, Belgium. Already since 1987 EUDY enjoys a cooperation with EUD, but in May 2010 this was confirmed by signing a Memorandum of Understanding and in the beginning of 2014 a partnership agreement is progressing. By the cooperation, EUD and EUDY aims to show a good practice in the area of cooperating between National Associations of the Deaf and the national Deaf youth. We invite each other to our General Assemblies.

European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters
efsli is an European non-profit organisation for associations of sign language interpreters in Europe. Currently efsli has 32 full members in 25 countries. Already in 2011 EUDY started a dialogue with efsli, as EUDY feels it is very important that sign language interpretation at universities or with deaf children is of a good quality.

World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section
On a more international level we have a regional cooperation with WFDYS, which defends the interests of Deaf young people all over the world. WFDYS has regional secretariats in Asia, Oceania and South-America, which fall directly under WFDYS’ responsibility. In 2011 it was agreed that EUDY would be a ‘regional cooperation partner’. A renewed Memorandum of Understanding will be signed in 2014.

Clin d’Oeil Festival (short-term partnership)
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For the next Clin d’Oeil Festival from 2 to 5 July EUDY and Clin d’Oeil has partnered together, because for EUDY sign language arts is very valuable, so deaf young people may express themselves in this manner. Also being part of a culture and be able to participate in it is a human right and for deaf people deaf culture is very important. What is a better place to find deaf culture than the venue of the Clin d’Oeil festival in Reims, France?! EUDY will be there, you too?

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