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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.
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.
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.
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,
- ECLIL to support bilingual education
The EC also supports these aims through the activities of Erasmus+.