DG JUSTICE of the European Commission (EC) has launched in December 2013 a twelve-month project for the implementation of a Real-Time Sign Language Application and Service in order to improve the communication between deaf and hard of hearing persons and the EU institutions.

The project, called INSIGN, is carried out jointly by a consortium composed by the European Union of the Deaf, Designit, IVéS, SignVideo, Heriot-Watt University and the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters.


The project intends to empower deaf and hard of hearing (HoH) persons to communicate with their political representatives and public administrations, eliminating the communication barriers that currently exist at EU level. To achieve such an ambitious objective, the project will take into account national sign languages and also captioning (real-time text communication), as these are the main communication tools for deaf and hard of hearing citizens.