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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.



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

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Not only is it a basic courtesy to endeavour to speak the language of the country where you're living, it's also very useful in business - if you want to be successful, communication is key.

Richard Barnes United Kingdom