On February 1st, 2019, the Autonomous Province of Trento hosted a meeting organized by the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) at the common Representation of the European Region Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino in Bruxelles.

NPLD is a European network which works in the field of language policy and planning for Constitutional, Regional and Small-State Languages (CRSS) and includes national and regional governments, universities and associations as its members. Its main goal is to raise awareness at a European level on the importance of linguistic diversity, also by facilitating the exchange of best practices in this matter.

Friday’s meeting brought together representatives of NPLD members from the Balearic Islands, the Basque Country, Brittany, Catalonia, the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Province of Fryslân, Galicia, the Autonomous Province of Trento and of Valencia. Moreover, representatives of Faroe Islands and Greenland were also present.

The participants took part in a dynamic exchange of opinions, which allowed them to report practical examples of promotion of linguistic minorities in their territories of origin. In addition to this, they had the opportunity to express some proposals in order to better support the work of NPLD in Bruxelles, also in relation to the European Day of Languages which will take place at the end of September.

The Autonomous Province of Trento is member of NPLD as representative of the three linguistic minorities of its territory, namely the Ladin, the Mòcheno and the Cimbrian minorities. Various collaborations have characterized the relationship with this network, such as the event dedicated to reading poetry in each of the three minority languages which took place in September 2018 at the common Representation in Bruxelles, organized in the framework of the last edition of the European Day of Languages.

 

 

 

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