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European Day of Languages, 26 September

Celebrating linguistic diversity,
plurilingualism, lifelong language learning

The core idea of the European Day of Languages centres on flexibility and enpowerment. According to the Council, the Day should be celebrated and "organised in a decentralised and flexible manner according to the wishes and resources of member states".

The Council of Europe does not issue organisational directives: member states and potential partners are given a free hand to organise activities as they wish, with a view to maximum flexibility in implementing the Day.

800 million Europeans throughout the Council of Europe 47 member states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. Being convinced that linguistic diversity is a tool for more intercultural understanding, the Council of Europe promotes cultural richness and plurilingualism in whole Europe.

On the occasion of the day, a range of events are organised across Europe: happenings for children, television and radio programmes, language classes, conferences, etc. Member states and potential partners, in particular schools, are given a free hand to organise activities. To coordinate the activities organised at national level, the Council of Europe asks participating countries to nominate "National Relay Persons" who also disseminate promotional material produced by the Council of Europe.

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