Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at
Fri Sep 30 12:54:32 UTC 2005

We include a brief summary of the latest articles published on Eurolang.

Ikea goes bilingual in northern Sweden
Stockholm, 28/09/2005 by Paula Tapiola

The Swedish furniture giant Ikea is looking for bilingual staff for its
new store to be opened on the Swedish-Finnish border for autumn 2006. The
new store will be located in the Swedish town of Haparanda, a
next-door-neighbour with Finnish Tornio and close to several other
mid-sized Swedish and Finnish towns.

Most of Europe celebrates linguistic diversity
Bruxelles - Brussel, 27/09/2005 by Davyth Hicks

Yesterday most of Europe celebrated its linguistic diversity. Organised
annually since 2001 by the Council of Europe, the European Day of
Languages aims to encourage language learning among all age groups and to
emphasise the importance of linguistic diversity. Each year, the EU spends
over  30 million on language learning. The day coincided with the launch
of a new Eurobarometer survey showing that half of Europeans could speak a
language other than their mother tongue.

Hungary supports Romanian accession amidst efforts to secure Szekerland
Kolosvr - Cluj, 27/09/2005 by ron Ball

The Hungarian Parliament agreed with Romanias accession to the EU
yesterday. Efforts by some groups to tie the yes vote to Romania granting
autonomy to its Hungarian-speaking minority failed. The Hungarian
Parliament agreed to Romania joining the European Union with 257 Yes
votes, six No and one abstaining.

Recruits no longer need Irish to join the police
Baile Atha Cliath, 27/09/2005 by Eoghan O Neill

An exam pass in the Irish language will no longer be required for recruits
to the Irish police force, an Garda Sochna.

Navarre government ignores Council of Europe recommendations on Basque
Iruea (Pamplona), 27/09/2005 by Edu Lartzanguren

We will follow the same path. That is the answer Miguel Sanz, President of
the Navarre Government, gave to Strasbourg on Friday regarding Basque,
days after the Council of Europe criticised the linguistic policies of
Sanzs executive.

Davyth Hicks
davyth.hicks at

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