The ECMI is a part of the Organising Committee for the Protocol to Ensure Language Rights. The text of the Protocol was finalized at the meeting on 25 October 2016.
The final meeting of the Organising Committee for the Protocol to Ensure Language Rights was held yesterday at Donostia’s San Telmo Museum. The process that began on the 31st of March, 2015 has come full cycle, and the commitments that were undertaken at that time have been fulfilled, it was declared at the noon press conference.
On behalf of the ECMI Dr. Zora Popova took part in the event and contributed in finalising the text of the document. Dr. Popova emphasized the importance of the Protocol in promotion of regional and minority languages: “Having in mind that there are about 225 indigenous languages in Europe only (which is just 3% of the world’s total), linguistic diversity is certainly not an exception. It should be acknowledged and accepted as a norm. In this context the Language Protocol of Donostia/San Sebastian, which will be officially launched on 17th December 2016, is an important instrument developed by the civil society to support the protection and promotion of regional and minority languages.”
The Groups and individuals supporting minority languages from all over Europe will be invited to the presentation of the Protocol at the Kursaal Palace on the 17th of December.
Read the full statement and press release
About the Protocol
The present project proposes to create a meeting place where civil society in Europe can take charge of the process of nurturing our linguistic diversity. This project will be the start of a process undertaken by social entities, organisations and specialists to establish a protocol to ensure linguistic equality and present the conclusions to an international summit meeting. The Protocol to Ensure Language Rights (PELB) will be the fruit of a series of discussions over preceding years by numerous work groups; an instrument bringing together scientific perspectives, academic opinions and social viewpoints; and a novel foundation for building a new Europe based on equality between language communities. Therefore the protocol which emerges from the Project will be taken to international fora and institutions to allow entities of all kinds to use it to regulate their commitment to language diversity.