The European Day of Languages (EDL) was first celebrated in 2001 during the European Year of Languages. At the end of this campaign the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers decided to make EDL an annual event, to be celebrated each 26 September. Every year, millions of people in the Council's member states and elsewhere organise or take part in activities to promote linguistic diversity and the ability to speak other languages.

The general aim is to draw attention to Europe's rich linguistic and cultural diversity, which has to be encouraged and maintained, but also to extend the range of languages that people learn throughout their lives in order to develop their plurilingual skills and reinforce intercultural understanding. EDL is an opportunity to celebrate all of Europe's languages, including those that are less widely spoken and the languages of migrants.

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Celebrating the linguistic diversity of Europe
Council of Europe Strasbourg 25 September 2015
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The European Day of Languages 2015

It is a day to celebrate the rich mosaic of languages enriching cultural heritage and diversity in Europe.  On every 26th September, since 2001, the European Day of Languages has been aiming to encourage language learning across the Continent, in order to increase pluri-lingualism and inter-cultural understanding. This year 530 events are planned in Council of Europe member states in partnership with schools, universities, cultural institutes, foundations and associations: a language festival on the island in the River Mur in Graz, a conference on multilingualism and educational workshops at the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, language activities in over 300 schools in Paris, amongst them.


The Council of Europe has been working to address the languages challenge, through its Language Policy Unit, its European Centre for Modern Languages and through co-operation with the European Commission, notably in the area of multilingual classrooms.

The Council of Europe’s Recommendation on the relevance of the languages of schooling (focus for 2015) for educational success offers its 47 European Member States concrete and innovative support to help them ensure that all pupils can reach their educational potential.

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2011 Edition 2011 Edition

The 2011 edition

In 2011, the Council of Europe celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Day.

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Watch the spot for the Day

The "Talk to me" slogan of the Day has formed the basis of a video clip developed in 2011.