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Parliamentary questions
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26 July 2017
E-003105/2017(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003105/2017

The Commission promotes linguistic diversity and encourages countries to support regional languages, which are an important part of Europe’s cultural heritage. However, the Commission does not have competence to oblige Members States to take concrete action in support of teaching and learning languages.

Improving the teaching and learning of languages and promoting the Union’s linguistic diversity and intercultural awareness figure among the specific objectives of Erasmus+ , the European Union’s programme for education, training, youth and sport covering the period 2014-2020(1). Partnerships between actors of different Member States focusing on the improved teaching of minority and regional languages can benefit from European funding in this context. Other funding instruments that may be used to promote multilingualism are the Horizon 2020(2) and the Interreg(3) programmes. For example, the Interreg Nord programme funded projects aiming to protect and revitalise the Sami language.(4) Horizon 2020 financed the European Language Diversity for All project(5).

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/
(3)www.interregeurope.eu/
(4)http://2007-2013.interregnord.com/en/projects/sapmi/4-sapmi-borderless-development/collection-of-words-in-pite-sami-language.aspx
(5)http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/94076_en.html

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