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International Relations

The EFE Agency keeps relations with approximately fifty news agencies worldwide and is a member of the main news-related international bodies.

The contracts or agreements signed with other agencies lay down the conditions for the exchange of information services for the benefit of EFE correspondents around the world, and for journalists from other agencies who are posted in Spain or in other countries, (on occasion they receive local information services from the state where they are located.)

EFE"s English service in English has great importance for these exchanges, a unique currency that can be offered in countries where Spanish is not spoken or in the media where there is no one who speaks Spanish.

EFE has an especially close relationship with the German agency DPA, due to their long history of cooperation in the past and a present in which both are currently members of EPA; mutual technological support; the Arabic language service they share; and other projects currently being studied. We should also note EFE’s relationship with the Associated Press in the United States, which over the years, has evolved from one of dependency to one of cooperation on a much more equal standing.

The EFE Agency also has a long history of working relationships with the main international news institutions in the world. EFE is a member of the Interamerican Press Association (IAPA/SIP), of the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA), of the Association of News Agencies in the Mediterranean (AMAN), of the International Press Institute (IPI), of the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC), and generally participates in its activities and conferences. EFE also has a relationship with the World Association of Newspapers (WAN) and with Ifra, a world organization for newspaper editors and the news media.

Agencia EFE is part of the World Council of News Agencies (NAWC) and has played a key role in this organization, founded in Moscow in 2004. It presided over the Council from the 2nd World Congress of News Agencies held in Estepona, Spain, in October 2007 until the conclusion of the following one, held in 2010 in Argentina, under the organization of Agencia Telam. Forming part of this Council, which is preparing the 4th World Congress scheduled for October 2013 in Saudi Arabia, are the Federation of Arab News Agencies (FANA), the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA), the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA), the Latin American Union of News Agencies (ULAN), and agencies such as The Associated Press (AP), Agence France Presse (AFP), Press Association (PA), Thomson Reuters and ITAR-TASS.

The 2nd World Congress of News Agencies, inaugurated by the king and queen of Spain, gathered representatives from nearly 100 news agencies from 80 countries. Participants analyzed questions such as the safety of journalists working in dangerous locations, media access to big sports events, the fight against piracy, technological advances in the world of communications and the role of news agencies in the future. King Juan Carlos said that news agencies are "essential parts of news production," the principal value of which lies "in rigor, reliability and truthfulness."