The Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) is a European wide network working in the field of language policy & planning for Constitutional, Regional and Small-State Languages (CRSS) across Europe. NPLD includes Governments both national and regional, Universities and Associations as its members.
NPLD’s main goal is to raise awareness at a European level on the vital importance of linguistic diversity. NPLD also aims to facilitate the exchange of best practices among governments, policy makers, practitioners, researchers and experts from all over Europe.
"There are approximately 500 million EU citizens, and of those some 10% speak a regional or minority language" .. more information
Over the past 25 years the face of language planning in Europe has changed considerably. Many national and regional governments have established language boards or departments to promote their language, both at home and at a European level. As a result a new breed of language planning professional has developed bringing new expertise to the field. The NPLD will respond to this development by providing a forum for the professionals to share best practice, and create strong partnerships to move CRSS language planning forward.
NPLD works closesly with European Commission, European Union, Parliament and Council of Europe, and during the years the Network has been active it has created strong links and partnerships with individuals, the Comissioner who has responsibility for language and minority language, MEP's and others who are active in promoting minority languages.
Click here to view a clip of Meirion Prys Jones, CEO of the NPLD, speaking about the Networks purpose and role.