Become a Member

Why join NPLD?

The NPLD acts to share best practice in language planning and to set up joint, funded language projects between its members. It means that the Occitans, for example, are able to work together with world leading language planning experts from Wales or Catalonia. In addition, NPLD represents Less Widely Used Language (LWUL) speakers at the EU level ensuring that LWUL issues are addressed.

The NPLD came about from the collective work of various language planning boards (Ireland, Wales, Catalonia, the Basque Country, Scotland, Galicia, and the Swedish Finns) to ensure that there is a network in Europe that has it’s main aim in sharing best practice. NPLD represents Europe’s autochthonous languages, working for linguistic rights and meaningful linguistic diversity.

Who can join the NPLD?

The NPLD is composed of two categories of members: full members and associate members.

See the list of all our members here.

Full members

European national governments, regional governments/authorities and officially recognised language planning boards can only be accepted as full members.

Associate members

European local authorities, non-governmental organisations, research centres, universities, umbrella organisations and other groups can be accepted as associate members.


A candidate-member shall deliver a written and signed application for membership in the determined form, for the attention of the Steering Committee, that will decide whether the application is provisionally accepted. The application for membership has to be finally approved by the General Assembly.

Annual membership fee

Each member shall pay to the Network an annual membership fee, which becomes payable on the first of January of each year. The amount of the annual membership fee is determined on a yearly basis by the General Assembly Meeting.

We invite you to contact our Secretariat in Brussels for further details on how to become a member.

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