Learning about linguistic diversity
The Union encourages language learning at all ages through its education
programme) and vocational training programmes (Leonardo
da Vinci programme).
programme, which supports the distribution, dubbing and subtitling
of films, and the Culture
2000 programme, which encourages translation and access to books and
reading, also contribute to the expression of linguistic diversity.
The Council of Europe proclaimed the 26th September as "European
Day of Languages".
This day was created during the European Year of Languages in 2001, an
initiative of the Council of Europe in liaison with the European Union.
Knowledge and preservation of languages are also underpinned by various
activities such as those concerning regional
and minority languages, the European
Label for innovative language learning initiatives, and the eLearning
action plan, one of whose priorities in the field of innovation and
development concerns language learning.