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

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There is no doubt that the fact that I'm multilingual and have learnt more languages since when I was a little boy, has meant that I can easily learn new languages.

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