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EAC's responsibilities in the field of languages are two-fold; to help promote multilingualism and the learning of languages across Europe, as well as to ensure the protection of minority languages.
As the executive arm of the European Union, the European Commission is held accountable to the European Parliament, namely, in the case of DG EAC, the Education and Culture Committee.
The adoption of the Framework for the Survey on Language Competences, gave a more detailed description of how the Commission should proceed with the measurement of language competence in the Member States.
This initiative has contributed to the development of an evidence base for language policy.
A staff working document accompanying the Rethinking Education initiative introduced a benchmark on language learning for the first time:
This benchmark was intended to provide internationally comparable data on the results of foreign language teaching and learning in the EU. It will also help national authorities to develop language-learning policies and improve national standards.