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Celebrating the European Day of Languages across Europe

 From Finland to Valencia, going through Friesland, the Basque Country, Fassa Valley in Italy or Catalonia. Celebrations on the European Day of Languages have taken place across Europe to celebrate the 2016 European Day of Languages on the 26th of September, an event initiated by the Council of Europe back in 2001 and celebrated every year at local, regional, state and European level today.

The NPLD language communities – the so-called Constitutional, Regional and Small-state languages – have hosted a series of events in their respective territories. Utrecht has been the city chosen to host the language festival in the Netherlands; a series of events promoted by Directorate-General for Language Policy in Catalonia such as the exhibition Catalan, a language of Europe; the Conference on Multilingual Education and the inauguration of the Tree of Languages in Valencia, where Catalan is also spoken (known in the region as Valencian), or the Ladin language community, which has initiated a social media campaign for everyone to write in Ladin, among many other initiatives.

At a European level, both the European Commission and the European Parliament have also hosted a series of events. On the 26th and 27th of September, the Commission hosted an event entitled Enhancing Communicative Competences at School to discuss about the role of migrant languages in education, whereas the European Parliament organized a Seminar on Multilingualism and Linguistic Diversity, attended by the Chair of the Culture Committee of the European Parliament, Silvia, Costa, and the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Tibor Navracsics.

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