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Committee of Experts publishes a statement on the promotion of regional or minority languages through artificial intelligence

29/4/2022
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Committee of Experts publishes a statement on the promotion of regional or minority languages through artificial intelligence

On 16 March 2022, during its 72nd plenary meeting, the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages adopted a statement on the promotion of regional or minority languages through artificial intelligence (AI).

In this statement, the Committee of Experts notes that AI applications may facilitate the daily use of regional or minority languages and support authorities in promoting them in accordance with the Charter.

The Committee of Experts encourages states to promote the inclusion of regional or minority languages into research and study on AI with a view to supporting the development of relevant applications as well as to develop, in co-operation with the users of such languages and the private sector, a structured approach to the use of AI applications in the different fields covered by the Charter.

The adoption of the statement was preceded by an exchange of views with Kristian Bartholin, Secretary to the Council of Europe Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and Dr Jeremy Evas, Welsh Language Division of the Welsh Government (United Kingdom) on the basis of the study “Facilitating the Implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages through Artificial Intelligence”.


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