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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.



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

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