[lg policy] Languages of the European Union

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jul 10 14:28:46 UTC 2010

Languages of the European Union

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>>From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The languages of the European Union are languages used by people
within the member states of the European Union. They include the
twenty-three official languages of the European Union along with a
range of others. The EU asserts that it is in favour of linguistic
diversity and currently has a European Commissioner for
Multilingualism, Leonard Orban.

In the European Union, language policy is the responsibility of member
states and EU does not have a common language policy; European Union
institutions play a supporting role in this field, based on the
principle of “subsidiarity.” Their role is to promote cooperation
between the member states and to promote the European dimension in the
member states language policies. The EU encourages all its citizens to
be multilingual; specifically, it encourages them to be able to speak
two languages in addition to their mother tongue. Though the EU has
very limited influence in this area as the content of educational
systems is the responsibility of individual member states, a number of
EU funding programmes actively promote language learning and
linguistic diversity.

According to statistics the most widely spoken mother tongue in the EU
is German, while the majority can understand English and speak German,
English, French or Italian as mother languages.


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