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MoU: We need cooperation and ambition
Date: 7/12/2021 10:34 AM
Published by : Alan Raftery
Badminton Europe has worked on creating a new and fresh Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with each Member Association. Currently, Badminton Europe is pleased to record 45 Member Associations already signing their MoU. So, what is it about? 

An MoU is a legally non-binding agreement that outlines details of a mutual understanding which highlights each side’s requirements and responsibilities.

The process of building these documents and the eventual implementation of them is crucial to developing strong long-term relationships. The MoU for each Member Association caters to their specific needs and aspirations.

France is a major player in badminton and along with the fast-growing elite level, it looks to continue this development in all facets towards Paris 2024. Yohan Penel, President of French Badminton Association shares his thoughts on how the MoU plays a key role in this.
-France is part of the world of badminton. We all share the same love for this wonderful sport. Its impact on citizens is numerous: health, education, performance... We would like to increase these impacts to make badminton a driving force for countries in the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis.

-To do so, we need cooperation and ambition. We could not afford to go ahead separately. We rather need to gather our energies to save our clubs and promote our sport. That is why the French federation is enthusiastic to cooperate with Badminton Europe to succeed in this huge challenge. This memorandum of understanding is important to agree on terms, deadlines and objectives for our common future.

Making Europe stronger
With healthy ongoing discussions continuing with many Member Associations, Badminton Europe President, Peter Tarcala, explains the foundations of this initiative. 

-There is a common understanding from our Member Associations that based on the survey we did in 2019 and 2020 we have identified the strengths and weaknesses of our Member Associations, and with this Memorandum of Understanding, we would like to develop, help and support the MAs.

-The result should be a stronger and more developed sport of badminton in Europe, Peter Tarcala adds. 

General Secretary of Badminton Europe, Brian Agerbak, shares his optimism behind the project’s long-term and far-reaching benefits. 

-The MoUs will be living documents that will continue to be the backbone of the cooperation with our members. I am confident that this targeted approach will help our efforts to develop badminton in Europe.

The signature count so far
Badminton Europe would like to have an understanding with most, if not all, of its 54 members. Recent additions to the list are two green Members, Spain and France. 

As of 12 July 2021, 45 MAs have signed the MoU. These MAs are Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and Wales.  

MoU signing articles: 

For additional information and video interviews from MAs signing their MoU, click here.
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