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Parliamentary questions
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3 May 2017
Question for written answer E-003105-17
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Protection of linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe — the case of the Venetian language
 Answer in writing 

The Venetian language is a European language which originated in historic Venetia and is spoken by 8 million people. It has been catalogued by ISO (language code: VEC) and recognised by Unesco. The Veneto Region recognised it as being part of its linguistic and cultural heritage with Law No 8/2007. Some varieties of the language are spoken in Slovenia and Croatian Istria and in Mexico.

In November 2014, Brazil recognised Brazilian Venetian (or ‘Talian’) as being part of its intangible cultural heritage. Venetian is used in Europe for scientific publications, as evidenced by an academic manual recently published by the University of Frankfurt. On 18 February 2017, hundreds of European and students, citizens, university professors and members of Unesco participated in the first International Convention on the Venetian Language (#1CILVE); there the ‘10 April Declaration’ was signed. Linguistic and cultural diversity is protected by the EU (Article 3 of the TEU and Article 22 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights).

In the light of the above:

Does the Commission consider it possible to provide at least some form of European protection in the unique case of Venetian, a minority language that exists in three different Member States but is not protected in any of them?
What actions could it take with the Member States concerned to encourage them to financially support and promote the teaching and learning of Venetian?
Is it possible to set aside European funds to support the research and dissemination activities of independent bodies such as the Academia de ła Bona Creansa, which actively teach the Venetian language and promote multilingualism within the EU?

Original language of question: IT 
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