Session about plurilinguanism and promotion of minority/regional languages
European Committee of the Regions (Brussels), 25th September 2018
On the 25th September a working session about plurilingualism, intercultural understanding and promotion of minority and regional languages took place in the European Committee of the Regions in order to celebrate the European Day of Languages (26 September).
The event was organised by the Government of Navarra in collaboration with the European Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD), the European Language Equality Network and the European Alliance.
During the event Loránt Vincze, President of European Nationalities, underlined interested aspects such as the difficulties minority languages have to access to European Union. The speech given by Mathieu Berge, member of Nouvelle Aquitaine-Euskadi-Navarre Euro region, was also interesting, because he talked about educational projects to develop the use of Basque language in French Basque country, where it is not an official language.
The intervention of Jill Evans, from of the Group of the Greens, member of the European Parliament, also contributed to the debate. He highlighted that the use of minority languages in new media could be a way to promote them and adapt them to a global world in which they could be worthy for matters such as technology and industry.
Finally, Peio Monteano Phd, Royal and General Archive of Navarra, after explaining the origin and development of the Basque language, invited all the attendees to see an exposition about it in which the main old sources of the language were showed.