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On 3 and 4 November 2011, the Language Rich Europe partners gathered in Berlin to reflect on the current state of the project and to discuss the next steps.
The British Council led Language Rich Europe (LRE) project is co-funded by the European Commission and aims to develop better language policies by promoting the harmonious coexistence of local, national and international languages, for creating a more socially stable Europe based on mutual respect and intercultural dialogue.
One of the topics of the partners’ meeting in Berlin was the Language Rich Europe Index - A European Index on Multilingual Policies and Practices. This Index will help to visualise the role and support for multilingualism and estimate Language Richness in the participating European countries states (national, foreign, regional, immigrant and minority languages). Furthermore, it will allow to evaluate each country’s legislation against EU guidelines and to highlight best practice.
Project partners also had the opportunity to present and discuss the dissemination strategy as well as local project activities. They equally talked about how to build and extend the LRE network based on the index results. The future LRE website which will be launched in the spring next year was presented by the web development company.
Around 30 official partners are taking part in this European wide project, including EUNIC in Brussels and 5 EUNIC member institutes (British Council, Goethe-Institut, Det Danske Kulturinstitut, Instituto Camões, Instituto Cervantes).
Participating countries include Austria, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
For more information on the project please visit the Language Rich Europe Blog.
Added: 8 November 2011