Whether in Paris, Zagreb, Helsinki, Bucharest or elsewhere in the EU, language-related and cultural projects are an effective way of reaching Europeans' hearts. That is why, since 2001 – together with the Council of Europe, the European Commission is celebrating the the European Day of Languages. The aim is to encourage citizens to pick up new languages and to highlight the beauty of languages and how they benefit people's lives, education and careers.
In the EU we have 3 alphabets and 24 official languages. Some 60 other languages being also part of the EU's heritage, are spoken in specific regions or by certain groups. In addition, immigrants have brought a wide range of languages; it is estimated that at least 175 nationalities are now present within the EU’s borders. The harmonious co-existence of many languages in Europe is a powerful symbol of the EU's aspiration to be united in diversity, one of the cornerstones of the European project.
On the occasion of the European Year of Cultural heritage, the European Day of Languages constitutes a precious opportunity to raise awareness of the wide variety of languages in Europe, to promote cultural heritage and linguistic diversity and to encourage people of all ages to learn languages.
All over the EU, the DGT's language officers, working in the Member States Representations, organise more than 70 events, including public space festivals, interactive, multi-element workshops, concerts, games, mini language courses, conferences, cross-border Skype-projects, online quizzes and radio contests.
Check out the list of EDL events 2018 to see what is happening in your country and invite your family and friends to participate!