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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.



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

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