Session about plurilingualism 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.
Cluster meeting for European Policy experimentation projects 2016
Support for policy reform, initiatives for policy innovation
European Commission (Brussels), 18 th September 2018
Under the Project of EACEA 34/2015 ten European policy experimentation projects were selected in the field of education, training and youth. On the 18 September 2018 participants met for the third time to share information about how their projects, which sometimes are shared with partners from others countries, are going, to expose their difficulties and to try to find common solutions.
In a very interactive meeting, representatives of each project pointed out the importance of being supported from their own Minister of Education in order to achieve the aim pursued in their project. Also, they highlighted that direct involvement of European Commission staff in the projects would be useful in order to have a better point of view of the difficulties a project has to face. For instance, there are some social differences between countries that share a common project.
Moreover, participants felt it is difficult to develop projects in long term such as educational ones, where it is not so easy to find immediately concrete solutions, as politicians would like. However, they valued the chance to put in common their thinking in order to improve their projects, especially by asking if their projects are good proposals and by showing their willingness to change them.
After a workshop session in which they tried to answer to questions such as “Why experimentation in education is important?”, “What makes education policy difficult?” or “What are elegant next steps to achieve the change they want to achieve?”, they had the opportunity to ask EACEA staff about specific issues related to their projects. In the last part of the meeting the need for a bridge to close the gap between European education policy and daily teaching was underlined.
The whole session was moderated by Tatiana Niskacova and Erik Ballhausenand, respectively Head of Sector and Project Adviser of EACEA, Unit A1. Ivar Staffa, Project Officer of DG Education and Culture Unit A1, gave a brief overview of the updates on the latest policy developments. Also Tom Muller, Luxembourger Ministry of Education, Borut Campelj, Slovenian Ministry of Education, and Neli Koleva, member of “Teach for Bulgaria”, participated in the meeting giving a thought about their involvement in some projects that have already been concluded.