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Parliamentary questions
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15 March 2018
Question for written answer E-001585-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Mara Bizzotto (ENF)

 Subject:  Promotion of minority languages, such as Venetian, in the EU
 Answer in writing 

There are many languages in Europe which, although not banned, have no form of legal protection beyond the Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights. One example is Venetian, a European language which is spoken by eight million people worldwide and five million in Europe (primarily in Italy, Croatia and Slovenia) and is officially recognised by the Veneto Region and Unesco. The language and its rich cultural heritage are the topic of many international academic conferences and educational activities, including seminars, training courses and cultural festivals, in the EU.

Mother-tongue speakers, the academic community and Unesco are therefore calling for Venetian to be officially recognised, to help raise its profile.

1. What steps will the Commission take to support individuals and institutions that use, learn and study Venetian?

2. Would it be consistent with EC law and the legal systems of the Member States referred to above for Venetian to be taught on a mandatory or optional basis, either collectively or individually, in public and private schools, universities and research institutes?

3. Do regional and local public institutions have the right to take steps to protect and promote minority European languages, even if they are not officially recognised?

Original language of question: IT 
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