Alex Riemersma

The president of NPLD Patxi Baztarrika meets Commissioner for Education and Culture Tibor Navracsics

NPLDThe Chair of NPLD and Vice-minister for Language Policy of the Basque Country, Patxi Baztarrika, will meet the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Tibor Navracsics, to discuss the Commission’s lines of action on regional and minority languages in Europe The Chair of the NPLD and Vice-minister for Language Policy of the Basque Country, Patxi Baztarrika, and Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Tibor Navracsics will be meeting on 14th of July to discuss the European Commission’s lines of action the promotion of regional and minority languages of Europe. The meeting takes place after the hearing of Commissioner Navracsics before the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Languages in which he made a firm statement in support of multilingualism, with a special reference to Europe’s regional and minority languages. “There is no contradiction between preserving our regional and minority languages on the one hand and promoting the learning of additional languages that open up new horizons in today’s interconnected world on the other. This is the objective of the European Commission’s multilingualism policy” – he claimed. Lês mear…

21 Febrewaris: “Dei fan de memmetaal” – ek foar flechtlingen en asylsikers?

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8495219567_679f057b13_zYn 1952 kamen de ynwenners yn Bangladesh yn ferwar tsjin it ferbod de eigen memmetaal te brûken yn it ûnderwiis en it iepenbiere libben. Op 21 febrewaris fan dat jier wie der in grutte demonstraasje dy’t fjouwer studinten it libben koste hat. Sûnt 1999 hâldt de Unesco dy dei yn eare as “ynternasjonale dei fan de memmetaal”. Gjin niget, dat ek yn Fryslân krekt yn dizze wike in oantal taal-aktiviteiten plakfûn hat: Frysk heart no by de earste hûndert talen yn Google Translate. De Baskyske film ‘Amama’ is fertoand mei ûndertiteling yn it Frysk én it Ingelsk. De gemeente Het Bildt freget om offisjele, nasjonale en Europeeske erkenning fan it Biltsk as regionale taal yn it ramt fan de gemeentlike weryndieling ta de nije gemeente Waadhoeke. It doel is net om it Biltsk of it Frysk op te sluten op eigen hiem, mar krekt om de bern en de grutte minsken fan de eigen feilige taalsitewaasje wei in kâns te bieden op evenwichtige meartaligens: thús mei de eigen talen en op de hiele wrâld mei Dútsk, Ingelsk, Frânsk, Spaansk, Arabysk en sa mear. Lês mear…

New NPLD Chair: Patxi Baztarrika, Vice-Minister for Language Policy at the Basque Country

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Patxi Baztarrika, Vice-Minister for Language Policy at the Basque Country and Alex Riemersma, from the Province of Friesland have been elected Chair and Vice-Chair of the NPLD. Mr. Baztarrika will occupy the post over the next 3 years while Mr. Riemersma will do so for the next couple of years. The NPLD’S Chair will be in charge of providing leadership to the NPLD as well as setting the priorities and action plans of the Network over the next few years.

Patxi Baztarrika has emphasized the need to give a strong message to Europe and claim the vibrancy of Constitutional, Regional and Small-State languages. All the languages need to be included in the rhetoric of growth and jobs but languages are much more than that. They are closely linked to social cohesion, to the identity and values of people. Along the same lines, Mr. Baztarrika has insisted on the need is to work more closely with the European institutions but also to get to know more about each other’s linguistic realities, share best practices and make the case for lesser-used languages in Europe.

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