The Committee of Ministers, […] stressing the political importance at the present time and in the future of developing specific fields of action, such as diversifying and intensifying language learning in order to promote plurilingualism in a pan-European context, further developing links and exchanges […]

Recommends that governments of member states

  • Pursue education policies which:
    • enable all Europeans to communicate with speakers of other mother tongues, thereby developing open-mindedness, facilitating free movement of people and exchange of information and improving international co-operation;


  • Promote widespread plurilingualism :
    • by encouraging all Europeans to achieve a degree of communicative ability in a number of languages;
    • by diversifying the languages on offer and setting objectives appropriate to each language;


  • For all European national and regional languages, develop realistic and valid learning objectives - such as are to be found in “threshold level” type specifications developed by the Council of Europe - so as to ensure quality in language learning and teaching through coherence and transparency of objectives.
  • Encourage institutions to use the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference to plan or review language teaching in a coherent and transparent manner in the interests of better international co-ordination and more diversified language learning.