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Parliamentary questions
16 May 2018
Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001585/2018

The Commission supports linguistic diversity and recognises the importance of protecting regional or minority European languages. It promotes the learning of languages, so that more young people will speak at least two languages in addition to their language of schooling and supports and complements national educational policies aimed at reaching this objective.

Furthermore, as the Commission pointed out in its answer to Written Question E-003105/2017, improving the teaching and learning of languages and promoting the Union’s linguistic diversity and intercultural awareness figure among the specific objectives of the Erasmus+ programme(1).

It can fund transnational partnerships focusing on the improved teaching of minority and regional languages. One example is the ‘Gaelic Occitan Together For language Users Through United Roots and Experiences’ project with partners from France, the United Kingdom and Ireland.(2) The objective of the project is to promote the teaching of minority languages and upgrade regional languages in national education systems.

Other funding instruments that may be used to promote multilingualism are the Horizon 2020(3) and the Interreg programmes(4). Interreg supports language learning in border regions, where heritage languages are part of the cultural and linguistic heritage of that region, such as the Euroregion Aquitaine-Euskadi, where Occitan, Basque, Spanish and French are promoted side by side.

The organisation of national education and training systems, in particular, any decisions concerning the language of schooling or the curricula, falls under the exclusive competence of Member States. The same applies to the protection of regional or minority languages.


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