Since its foundation in 1984, The Europeesk Buro foar Lytse Talen (European Bureau for Small Languages – EBLT), provides promotion and protection of Frisian and Low Saxon in the Netherlands, the European Union (EU), the Council of Europe and their institutions. For this, legal and political support is sought at European, national, and provincial level. Since a number of years EBLT also works on behalf of Bildts and Papiamentu.
The EBLT consists of representatives of 23 organisations, which are all involved in efforts to improve the position of the minority languages Frisian, Low Saxon, Bildts and Papiamentu. Frisian and Low Saxon are recognised by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of the Council of Europe. Speakers of Bildts and Papiamentu are striving to get the same recognition for their languages with the help of EBLT.
Since 2009, the EBLT and the Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning of the Fryske Akademy established a cooperation. They collaborate in organising activities and Mercator is responsible for the secretariat and the EBLT’s website.
In 2012, the EBLT joined European network NPLD (Network for the Promotion of Linguistic Diversity) as an associate member.