Languages of Europe
The European Commission has supported two key organisations that promote and provide information on regional and minority languages: the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL) and the Mercator Network.
EBLUL was set up in 1982 on the initiative of the European Parliament. Based in Dublin, its main activities include:
- representing the EU’s regional and minority language communities, and promoting their common interests at European and international level -EBLUL does this through its network of Member State committees, which also act as a channel of communication between language communities and European and international bodies
- providing advice and information on regional and minority languages and linguistic diversity to policy-makers, the media, the academic community and the general public
EBLUL runs the Eurolang news service, a specialist niche agency
- providing news about Europe’s regional, minority and stateless language communities
- supporting regional and minority language community initiatives with advice, information and networking services, and assisting their access to European funding
- co-ordinating Europe-wide regional and minority language initiatives, such as study visit programmes and school exchanges
For more information, visit the EBLUL website.
The Mercator Network aims to improve the exchange and flow of information on minority languages and cultures, through co-operation and networking between the relevant institutions and organisations, academic institutions, and local, regional and national authorities. Mercator also provides the general public with reliable information on regional and minority language communities.
Further information can also be found on the Mercator Network website.