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THE LISBON TREATY AND LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY: POLICY AND PRACTICE IN THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTIONS

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Chapter Summary

The Lisbon Treaty, signed in December 2007, indicates that the EU shall respect its rich cultural and linguistic diversity, and shall ensure that Europe’s cultural heritage is safeguarded and enhanced. What does the new Treaty article on linguistic diversity mean for the policies and practices in the EU? This chapter answer this question by examining three areas. Firstly, the policy and pragmatic aspects of dealing with 23 official languages in the European institutions. Secondly, the way in which language issues are taken into account in the development of the internal market. For instance, what is the effect of linguistic requirements on the free movement of persons and goods? Thirdly, European policies supporting multilingualism across the Union are discussed, e.g. the so-called ‘Barcelona objective’ according to which each European citizen should be able to communicate in his/her mother tongue plus two other languages.

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