European Day of Languages 2014
The annual European Day of Languages took place on 26 September. Both the European Commission and the Council of Europe participated in organising language-related events across Europe around this day. According to the Eurostat report on language learning on lower-secondary level in the EU, it seems that English, French and German remain the most common foreign languages studied at lower secondary level in the EU28 in 2012, even though Spanish learning has significantly increased. In the European Union there are 24 official languages, about 60 regional and minority languages, and more than 175 migrant languages. Read the press release and the speech of Ms. Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth on the European Day of Languages.