10th anniversary of the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML)
Graz - 16 September 2005
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Ever since the Council of Europe was founded in 1949 it has sought not only to bring about the unity of Europe without geographical or social dividing lines, but also to further mutual understanding between all European citizens.

Crossing the language barrier is a fundamental precondition for peaceful co-existence. The Graz Centre promotes a multilingual and multicultural Europe and since 1995 it has been focusing its efforts on improving language teaching in Europe by offering further training for multipliers, and on supporting member states in reforming their language teaching policies.

The Centre played an important role in the Council of Europe’s key initiatives in the field of languages: the European Year of Languages (2001) and the European Day of Languages, celebrated on 26 September every year.

Celebration of the ECML's 10th anniversary
The Council of Europe's European Centre for Modern Languages in Graz celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday 16 September. Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General Maud de Boer-Buquicchio and host country representatives from the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the Steiermark Region and the City of Graz took part in the celebrations. A workshop entitled ''Back to the Future: the needs of tomorrow's language educators'' was held during the event at which teachers and language researchers exchanged views and ideas.
Brochure (pdf)
Special website ECML's 10th anniversary

ECML's publishings
The publications are the results of research and development project teams established during workshops in Graz. The series highlights the dedication and active involvement of all those who participated in the various projects.

  Member States
33 States are member of the ECML
  ECML activities
First medium-term programme
Second medium-term programme
John Trim, director of the language policy division in Strasbourg from 1971 until 1997
  European Day of Languages
The 10th Anniversary is  celebrated in the context of the European Day of Languages which will take place on 26 September
European Day of Languages
  reference websites
Special website ECML's 10th anniversary
European Centre for Modern Languages