2nd NewsBites are out! You can find out more about the recent highlights:

1. Events at the European Economic Social Committee (EESC)

EUD Executive Director, Mark Wheatley and Policy Assistant, Martyna Balčiūnaitė have attended three events at the EESC in October and November. Find out more about them:

Public hearing on European Regional Development and Cohesion Policy at the European Economic Social Committee

Public hearing on the Justice, Rights and Values (JRV) Fund at the European Economic Social Committee

The new MFF and cohesion policy: how to better use EU funds for persons with disabilities in the new financial framework


2. International Day of Sign Languages

On the 12th and 13th of September, we celebrated International Day of Sign Languages in Geneva, Switzerland for the first time. Several events took place on this special day. During an event organised by the Swiss Federation of the Deaf together with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN Office at Geneva, Mark Wheatley gave a presentation about the legal recognition of sign languages in Europe.

Read more about the event here:


3. 1st Deaf Women Forum

EUD board member Louise "Lolo" Danielsson and EUD gender equality working group members attended 1st Deaf Women European Forum (the Forum) in Valencia on the 18th, 19th and 20th October. The aim of the Forum was to encourage leadership and political participation of deaf women and to discuss ways how to incorporate gender perspective in governance on national and European levels. It provided with a space for debate and exchange of experiences for deaf women across Europe and led to many fruitful discussions.

Read more about the Forum here:


4. Event on Deaf Immigrants organised by Doof Vlaanderen

During the event organised by Doof Vlaanderen documentary about the experiences of the deaf migrants who arrived in Belgium was presented. EUD Executive Director, Mark Wheatley took part in the documentary and shared his experience obtaining Belgian resident card.

More information can be found here

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