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Civil Society

Grass-roots organisations have always played a central role in changing societies, often providing services in areas not covered yet by public policy and services. In Europe’s quickly evolving economic, social and cultural landscape, the third sector is often at the forefront in social work and leading in initiatives to facilitate the integration of migrants, for instance.

Thanks to the experience built up, civil society organisations have a wealth of knowledge to share with policymakers and social services also in terms of policies for multilingualism. They can make a crucial contribution to encouraging both the public to embrace multilingualism, and decision makers to put in place effective frameworks in local and regional administrations, formal and non-formal education, public services. helps civil society organisations by:

  • Pooling their experiences in dealing with and promoting language learning, and multilingualism;
  • Providing guidance on promotion of multilingualism at grass-roots level;
  • Facilitating contacts to relevant policymakers wherever possible.



European Council of Artists (ECA) Federation of European Publishers European Council for Steiner Waldorf Education (ECSWE)
Federal Union of European Nationalities Literature Across frontiers CMFE (Community Media Forum Europe)
ALTE RECIT European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)
Culturelink European Federation of National Institutions for Language Europa Esperanto Unio - EEU
Mercator European Network of Language Diversity Centres European Coordination of Independent Producers (CEPI) EEE-YFU
Club de Madrid European Theatre Convention European Association for Terminology
European Publishers Council Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) EUROCLIO
European Forum of Vocational Education and Training European Federation for Intercultural Learning European Council of Literary Translators' Associations
EUNIC in Brussels Eurolang FundaciĆ³n Academia Europea de Yuste

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My professional and personal life has been enhanced by a knowledge of languages, and for that reason I can truly say 'I love languages'.

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