Are foreign languages at the heart of an ambitious vision of a European Education Area? They are now indispensable for studies and for an increasingly international labour market. At the same time, learning foreign languages opens the door to other cultures and exchanges between countries. In a European Union based on the motto 'unity in diversity', the ability to communicate in several languages is a must – and yet multilingualism is constantly being called into question. What are the benefits of promoting multilingualism for communication skills in Europe? Do they serve the idea of an ever closer union among the peoples of Europe?
The discussion will be led by Andreas Görgen (Director for Culture and Communication of the Federal Foreign Office), Johannes Ebert (Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut), Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen (Director-General of the Directorate-General for Communication, EU Commission), Béatrice Taulègne (Deputy Director, Directorate for Legislative Work, Committee of the Regions) and Jaroslav Zajíček (Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU).
The event will be held online on 15 October from 13.30 to 14.30.