Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the Commission
The European Commission would refer the Honourable Member to its answers to Written Questions E-001410/2015 and E-000749/2015
The European Commission has no specific powers in the area of language policy in general, and the protection of endangered languages in particular.
Whilst respecting the responsibility of national and regional bodies in these areas, the Commission encourages all those concerned — public authorities, providers of education services, employers' organisations, trade unions and the media — to promote respect for the rich linguistic and cultural heritage of our continent.
The promotion of language learning and linguistic diversity is one of the specific objectives of Erasmus+ (2014-20). Projects to protect endangered languages as well as regional and minority languages may benefit from funding possibilities under that programme.