Anderson MEP seeks EU support for language organisations

Sinn Féin MEP, Martina Anderson has tabled an amendment to the EU calling for financial support for non-governmental organisations promoting regional and minority languages.

Martina Anderson pointed out that:

“Speakers of Regional and Minority Languages constitute 10% of the EU population yet receive only 1% of EU language funding.

Ms Anderson continued:

“Support is needed for effective participation by minority language organisations. The Pilot Project I am proposing will allow organisations to exchange best practice in education as well as research and share and trial relevant new language technologies which may prove crucial in helping to revitalise lesser-used and endangered languages across the EU.

“The pilot project, in which I hope language organisations in Ireland will actively participate, will also support language organisations in accessing various EU funding streams, something I would encourage language organisations in Ireland to do.

“Last week the European Parliament overwhelmingly adopted a report on lesser-used and endangered languages, which I welcomed. This proposed amendment to the EU Budget provides an opportunity for MEPs to make a contribution to give effect in some small way to some of the important elements of that report.”