[lg policy] EU: Public recommendations in support of business-orientated language policy

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Aug 12 14:25:20 UTC 2011

August: Public recommendations in support of business-orientated language policy

August: Public recommendations in support of business-orientated language policy


Business Platform for Multilingualism report:

The Business Platform for Multilingualism (BPfM) has recently
completed a report on its activity between September 2009 and June
2011 where makes recommendations to the European Commission (EC) on
next steps to support a business-oriented language policy. The
Platform was set up by the EC to gather business, trade and education
representatives, develop with them a shared language policy strategy
and complement the work carried out by national experts through the
“Open Method of Coordination” (OMC).

The EC supported CELAN project is one of the BPfM’s key initiatives.
Officially launched in January 2011, it aims at carrying out research
on linguistic needs of companies and developing appropriate tools to
meet those needs over a two year time line.

As for the future, the BPfM underlines the need for companies to
endorse language strategies at the highest management level by, for
instance, investing in language training. On the other hand, the
Commission is invited to develop a European label to be awarded to
SMEs which successfully export their products and services thanks to
effective language and culture management.

The Platform is currently preparing a new work programme for the next
twelve months with the aim to produce policy recommendations in the
context of the EU 2020 Strategy and make proposals for their concrete

The report can be accessed by clicking on the above link:

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