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Upon request by the PETI Committee, the Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs commissioned this in-depth analysis on Democratic Transition and Linguistic Minorities in Estonia and Latvia. The writer claims that in order to understand the situation of political representation rights of ethnic and linguistic minorities in Estonia and Latvia it is essential to provide a historical-political framework that contextualizes the presence of such substantial minorities in the ...

The EU is a unique endeavour involving more than 500 million citizens sharing about 80 different languages, and while multilingualism is a key feature, it is also one of the most substantial challenges for the creation of a truly integrated EU. Language barriers have a profound effect on cross-border public services, on fostering a common European identity, on workers’ mobility, and on cross-border e-commerce and trade, in the context of a Digital Single Market. The emergence of new technological ...

Endangered languages in the EU

Na kratko 20-04-2015

Many languages currently spoken in Europe are endangered and some are at imminent risk of extinction. Though education and language policies remain the competence of Member States, the EU has taken initiatives to promote multilingualism and preserve its linguistic diversity, including measures in support of regional or minority languages. A decline in linguistic diversity has been increasingly acknowledged to entail losses in terms of knowledge and cultural heritage.

Dokument v okviru bogate raznolikosti jezikov, ki obstajajo v Evropi, obravnava možne posledice izginotja nekaterih od teh jezikov ter ukrepe, ki jih je treba sprejeti, da se zagotovi njihov obstoj tudi v prihodnosti.

This report is a succinct description of the sociolinguistic situation of a number of minority language communities living in the following six European States applying for European Union membership: Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and Slovenia.

The objectives of this study have been to assess both the problems created and the opportunities offered by the Internet for the smaller and minority languages of the European Union; to consider what measures might facilitate the maximal use by European citizens of their own languages for communication and the accessing and presentation of information on the Internet; and to consider in particular the role which machine translation might play. The study finds that the threat to linguistic diversity ...