The European Day of Languages is a yearly event held on 26 September. It’s a chance to:
- raise awareness of the broad variety of languages in Europe
- promote cultural and linguistic diversity
- encourage people of all ages to learn languages – knowing more than one language makes it easier to connect with people, to find a job and to help businesses grow
It started in 2001, jointly by the European Union and the Council of Europe, and it has gained in popularity every year since then. Many language and cultural institutes, associations, universities and, in particular schools, take part.
For this year’s European Day of Languages, the European Commission is planning a virtual event on Monday, 28 September 2020, with the participation of Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. It will feature seven years of language projects, co-funded through Erasmus+ and/or awarded with the European Language Label.
The event will consist of the following two parts:
An online conference accessible for a wide public will demonstrate how multilingual competences are supported by the European Union in the context of the European Education Area. A second part will showcase the European Language Label and anchor it firmly within the new Erasmus programme, starting in 2021.
More information on the latest events can be found on the Council of Europe’s European Day of Languages website