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European Day of Languages 2015: watch the debate on languages

On 25 September 2015, challenges of multilingualism in schools, business and society were the subject of a web-streamed debate held in Brussels.


The conference took place on 25 September 2015 between 12:15 and 14:00 CET. The video above gives you the choice between 24 different languages – a unique opportunity to experience the skills of the European Commission's simultaneous interpreters.

What's it about?

Read the report on the conferencepdf(121 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  .

Participants in Brussels were also able to join one of five parallel workshopspdf(157 kB) Choose translations of the previous link  on a wide variety of language-related topics in the afternoon.

The events in Brussels was organised jointly by the European Commission's Directorates General for Education and Culture, Human Resources, Interpretation and Translation, with additional input from Eurostat.

What's happening elsewhere in Europe?

Language classes, games, talks, conferences, radio shows … you name it, and it was happening somewhere in Europe — whether on the day itself or in the weeks before and after 26 September.

More information on the 2015 events can be found:

Why celebrate this day?

The European Day of Languages is a yearly event held on 26 September. It celebrates the linguistic diversity of a continent with

  • 24 official EU languages,
  • about 60 regional/minority languages,
  • and more than 100 more spoken by people from other parts of the world.

It's a chance to:

  • raise awareness of the wide variety of languages in Europe,
  • promote cultural & linguistic diversity,
  • encourage people of all ages to learn languages - knowing more than one makes it easier to find a job and helps businesses grow.

Who's behind it?

The European Day of Languages was declared by the European Commission and the Council of Europe, which represents 800 million Europeans from 47 countries.

Many language and cultural institutes, associations, universities and, in particular, schools take part. Held for the first time in 2001 — European Year of Languages — the Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since then.