The platform brings together stakeholders from professional associations, employer organisations, trade unions, universities and vocational education and training institutions.
The new Business Platform promoting multilingualism for competitiveness and employability held its first meeting in Brussels on 22nd September. Commissioner Orban spoke about the milestones in multilingualism policy development targeting enterprises. The Director General for Education and Culture, Odile Quintin, explained the role of the Platform and how the members can contribute to the future development of policies and programmes. The group elected Professor Wolfgang Mackiewicz to chair and coordinate the Platform for an initial six-month period. Professor Mackiewicz is the President of ELC/CEL, the European Language Council, and well known for his commitment to University-Business cooperation. He will be assisted by three Co-chairs: Mrs Margaretha Mazura, Secretary General of the European Multimedia Forum, Mr Mike Hammersley, coordinator of the European Network promoting the European Language Passport among employers and Mr Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano, Secretary General of the organisation representing the leather industry in Europe. A virtual business platform with extended access to which all stakeholders can contribute is in the pipeline. More information about the new Platform is available in the text of the Call for Expression of Interest.
The steering group of the business platform