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Language Policy

What is the EU's role?

In the field of language policy, the role of the European Commission is to coordinate with national governments to pursue the aims of multilingualism and pursue the objectives of the language strategy.

Why is it needed?

Foreign languages are essential to ensuring that European citizens are able to move, work, and learn freely throughout Europe. This mobility, in turn, will contribute to the development of jobs and growth, reducing unemployment and increasing living standards.

It is also essential to ensure that languages are not a barrier to participation in society, and that marginalised language groups can be identified, represented, and included in society.

What is being done?

The Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) works closely with policy-makers and civil society across Europe to ensure the effective implementation of the strategy for multilingualism.

DG EAC's priorities in this field include:

This is, additionally, achieved through a vareity of projects and initiatives.

What has been done so far?

The European Commission is taking a variety of measures to further these aims, including developing more responsive internal language policies, as well as supporting initiatives that pursue these aims.

Activities to which the Commission has provided support include, for example,

- The ADUM, CRAMLAP, and NPLD projects to support regional and minority languages

- Dicta-Sign and SignSpeak to support sign languages, and

- ECLIL to support bilingual education

The EC also supports these aims through the activities of Erasmus+.