“NPLD’s Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity is a successful project supported by the European Commission” – these were the words of the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Mr. Tibor Navracsics before the European Parliament’s Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages. Mr. Navracsics gave an overview of the Commission’s line of action in the field of multilingualism, with a special emphasis on the so-called regional or minority languages.
The Hearing was attended by a remarkable number of Members of the European Parliament from different political parties, from the European Socialists, the European People’s Party, the Alliance of Liberal and Democrats (ALDE) and the European Free Alliance (EFA), and was led by the three co-chairs of the Intergroup, Ms. Kinga Gal (EPP), Mr. Jordi Sebastià (EFA) and Mr. Nils Torvalds (ALDE). MEPs posed different questions to the Commissioner regarding the EU’s support to Europe’s lesser-used languages and their inclusion in all the EU’s programmes and initiatives. In this sense, it was noted by the MEPs that initiatives such as the Juvenes Translatores contest, the EU’s terminological database IATE or the Commission’s Online Linguistic Support Platform, to name only a few, are not open to regional or minority languages, which puts them in a disadvantageous situation and keeps them from having a European dimension, which they would all be happy to have.
The NPLD has received funding from the Commission’s former Lifelong Learning Programme over the past 3 years (2013-2015) through the project NPLD2020, which came to an end in December 2015. The NPLD will continue to work in the promotion on the European dimension of linguistic diversity and multilingualism by developing the Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity over the years to come.
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