European Elections and the Future of Linguistic Diversity

“United in Diversity” was the logo chosen by the European Union in 2000 to portray the European Union to expresses the common goal of the European project, which is to achieve unity while fostering the wealth of its different cultures, traditions and languages: 24 official languages, more than 70 autochthonous languages and more than 300 languages. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome in 2007, the European Union chose the motto Together to express the idea of different peoples working for common objectives and goals: building an ever-closer Union of citizens.

Today is Europe’s Day, and in a fortnight’s time it’ll be the European elections. NPLD is eager for a new approach on languages to be adopted to explore the potential benefits – personal, social and economic – that linguistic diversity has for Europe. Multilingualism, far from being a problem, can be part of the solution to Europe’s current impasse: multilingual people are better at multitasking, are more creative and innovative; multilingual people have a greater capacity for being open-minded and perceptive; multilingual people are a more mobile workforce and often obtain better-paid jobs. To sum therefore, multilingual people are better-equipped for the challenges of today’s world!

For this reason, the NPLD has produced a concise information leaflet about the languages of Europe. This Flyer, part of the Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity campaign addresses the prospective Members of the European Parliament across the political spectrum to ensure that languages are placed high on the political agenda. The ultimate goal is to encourage new initiatives and European programmes to be aimed at promoting a new, inclusive and equitable approach to linguistic diversity in Europe. If we want a Europe of citizens, it must include all of its languages, regardless of demographic status or political and economic weight of languages.

You can view the NPLD’s information flyer that is available in 13 different languages spoken in Europe today.

English  Catalan  Basque  Breton  Galician  Corsican  French  Frisian  Occitan  Spanish  Irish Gaelic  Swedish  Welsh  Finnish

Please disseminate in order to raise awareness of the need to ensure that Europe's Linguistic Diversity is fully supported, kept on the EU agenda.




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