March 4, 2008
One of the greatest advantages of the enlargement of the European Union is the linguistic diversity. We have many languages from several language families. A special effort is required to ensure that the languages of the New Member states become more widely learned in other countries.
The European Commission is financially supporting the projects and activities and at the same time it is encouraging strategic developments and innovation in areas which it considers to be of particular importance. For example, the well-known Lifelong Learning Programme has as a specific objective the promotion of language learning and linguistic diversity.
Promoting linguistic diversity means actively encouraging the learning of the widest possible range of languages in our schools, universities, adult education centres and enterprises. This includes the smaller European languages as well as the larger ones, regional, minority and migrant languages as well as those with “national” status, and the languages of our major trading partners throughout the world.