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

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