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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.



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

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Generally, I believe that in order to strengthen children optimally as a whole, it's important not to ignore the fact they have a mother tongue.

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