Languages & Culture 17-01-2018

Reding: ‘Endangered languages could be saved by the internet’

Internet platforms have helped the internet to become more multilingual, and especially less widely spoken languages like Luxembourgish, Viviane Reding told in an interview.
Brexit 23-01-2017

BuzzFeed editor: Brexit calls for European media cooperation

BuzzFeed UK Europe Editor Alberto Nardelli advocates for more translation and localisation of media content, as well as more cooperation to balance out the often biased English-speaking press.
Languages & Culture 22-04-2013

Francois Alfonsi MEP: ‘The loss of a language is always deliberate’

Languages would not disappear without a deliberate policy to marginalise them, says François Alfonsi, a Corsican MEP who has drafted a parliamentary report on endangered languages to be voted in June. For him, the EU has a role to play in protecting what he describes as “a European heritage”.
Languages & Culture 06-04-2012

Multilingualism MEP: ‘We’re having difficulty recruiting English people’

Thirty years on, Margaret Thatcher's' education policies have had unexpected consequences on the European Parliament's translation and interpretation services. Miguel Angel Martinez Martinez, the Spanish MEP in charge of the Assembly's multilingualism policy, explains why in an interview with EURACTIV.
Languages & Culture 15-07-2011 Multilingualism observatory ready next year

By the end of 2012, the EU will have an online observatory for multilingualism, which will document best practice in implementing language policies and showcase concrete tools for solving everyday foreign language communication problems, Uwe Mohr, head of an EU project called, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Languages & Culture 11-10-2010

Foreign Minister: Bilateral deals to dominate Swiss-EU relations

Bilateral agreements will remain the basis of relations between Switzerland and EU countries, Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey told EURACTIV ahead of hosting the thirteenth international Francophonie summit. 
Languages & Culture 20-07-2009

Culture chief: ‘Room for improvement’ in EU’s use of German

There is still room for improvement regarding the number of documents translated into German by the European institutions, despite recent growth in the number of German EU officials using their native language professionally, Margareta Hauschild, director of the Goethe-Institut Belgien, told EURACTIV in an interview.
Languages & Culture 13-11-2008

Orban: Multilingualism ‘cost of democracy’ in EU

Multilingualism Commissioner Leonard Orban has spoken to EURACTIV Slovakia of his conviction that the dossier will continue to be afforded "its own place" in the EU policy framework after the expiry of the European Commission's current mandate in autumn 2009.
Languages & Culture 02-04-2008

Orban: Importance of multilingualism ‘will not diminish’

The multilingualism portfolio is too important to be sacrificed by the next European Commission, Multilingualism Commissioner Leonard Orban said in an interview with EURACTIV Romania. As proof of this, Turkish could become the next official EU language provided that Cyprus concludes reunification talks, he indicated.
Languages & Culture 28-03-2008

Suard: ‘Taking languages too seriously kills them’

Defending the multiplicity of languages in the EU is the best way of protecting them as taking a single language too seriously will only succeed in killing it, argues Catherine Suard of the French Institute in Sofia in an interview with EURACTIV Bulgaria. 
Languages & Culture 02-10-2007

Diouf: ‘Language is inseparable from democracy’

Multilingualism, as specified in the Treaties on the functioning of the EU institutions, is in danger of disappearing in favour of a de facto single-language regime based on English, warns Abdou Diouf, secretary-general of the 'Francophonie', the international French-language organisation, in an interview with EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 17-02-2005

Ján Figel – the ‘citizens’ commissioner’?

Ján Figel, the EU's education commissioner as well as the commissioner responsible for multilingualism (the first ever) and sport, tells EURACTIV how he intends to build a more 'citizen-friendly' Europe.