Language Learning has a central role in successfully tackling challenges in Europe
On the 26th of September we were celebrating the European Day of Languages, aimed to highlight the linguistic diversity of Europe. Our continent counts over 200 languages, 24 official EU languages and about 60 regional/minority languages. In addition we can count many more languages spoken by people from other parts of the world. In view of the current migrant crisis, languages will play a central role in managing all aspects of integration of new arrivals across Europe. While the Commission continues to promote multilingualism under several programme, in particular Erasmus+, the Lifelong Learning Platform notices that the EU has, in recent years, considerably scaled down its activity to promote languages as a key aspect of the European project. Therefore, the Platform advocates for a Europe where intercultural dialogue and language learning are put back on the agenda because they greatly contribute to successfully tackling the current challenges we are facing.