На 23rd of November, the European Parliament voted on a resolution on sign language and sign language interpreters, written by several Members of the European Parliament, including deaf MEPs Helga Stevens and Ádám Kósa. The resolution points out the importance of providing accessibility for the Deaf through sign language interpretation as well as which measures need to be taken in order to improve the provision of sign language interpretation at EU and national levels.
We are very happy to see the overwhelming support that the Members of Parliament have lent to the resolution: 661 Members voted in favour, only 6 voted against and 23 abstained.
We hope that this strong result in the European Parliament will not only echo in the other European institutions, but as well on a national level, encouraging authorities to implement its recommendations.
In a next step, the resolution will be brought to the Council, the European Commission and EUD for concrete discussion on how to disseminate the information and encourage implementation. EUD will inform its members about the resolution and on how they could advocate with their authorities and political representatives for using the resolution at national level to improve legislation and practices with regards to sign language interpretation provision.