ELEN Press Releases
(Catalan version below) The European Language Equality Network, the international organization for the protection, promotion and well-being of territorial and endangered European languages, strongly condemns the Supreme Court decision against Catalan-medium education...read more
ELEN elects new President and Steering Committee. Calls for repeal of 2010 plurilingualism law; equality for Galician, Basque and Catalan in new audiovisual law; that Galician-medium education be provided at all levels of education; notes general failure of the EU to...read more
President of Galician Parliament opens ELEN General Assembly in Compostela with event featuring Galician singer Guadi Galego.
The President of the Galician Parliament, Miguel Santalices Vieira, opened the ELEN General Assembly in Santiago de Compostela on Friday with a packed event held in the splendid surroundings of the Pazo de Fonseca, and featuring the Galician pop singer Guadi Galego....read more
Language activists from across Europe set to meet in Galicia for the European Language Equality Network 2021 General Assembly.
The European Language Equality Network (ELEN) General Assembly will be held in Santiago de Compostela, Galiza, on Saturday 13th November and hosted by the leading Galician language NGO, A Mesa pola Normalización Lingüística, and bringing together representatives of...read more
ELEN delivers formal complaint to UN over ongoing French discrimination against territorial languages.
(French version below) The European Language Equality Network and its member organisations in France have delivered a formal complaint to the United Nations regarding the continuing discrimination against territorial languages by the French state. The move comes after...read more
Bretons, Basques, Catalans, Corsicans, Occitans, Alsatians, Flamands, Gallo, Picards, Savoyards - thousands of people demonstrated on Saturday to defend immersion education in territorial languages, following the controversial censuring of the Molac Law by the...read more
The European Language Equality Network have called on President Macron to take urgent action to secure the future of territorial languages. The call comes the day before an general mobilisation of ELEN member organisations and partners where a total of 48...read more
Langues régionales: 70 ans après la loi Deixonne, la France doit rattraper le reste de l'Europe. (English below) Cher/ Chère Député, Le Réseau européen pour l'égalité des langues, l'ONG internationale pour la protection et la promotion des langues européennes moins...read more
CALL TO DEMONSTRATE IN SUPPORT OF THE BRETON LANGUAGE ON SATURDAY MARCH 13th in KEMPER. ELEN member organisations in Brittany, such as the parents’ association for state bilingual education (DIV YEZH BREIZH), the network of Breton-medium schools (DIWAN), the Breton...read more
ELEN statement to the French Government regarding the Diwan Breton immersion schools/ Déclaration d'ELEN au gouvernement français concernant les écoles bilingues en immersion en langue bretonne Diwan. 20th February 2021 Dear President Macron, On behalf of the...read more
ELEN meets with UN Special Rapporteur and Council of Europe to discuss COVID-19 effect on minoritised languages
The European Language Equality Network held its autumn Steering Committee meeting online on Friday (23rd October) with presentations on the effects and consequences of COVID-19 on lesser-used language communities from UN Special Rapporteur Fernand de Varennes, and...read more
UN UPR: ELEN calls on Spain to ensure human rights, release Catalan leaders and address co-official language discrimination.
The European Language Equality Network has welcomed the adoption by Spain of the majority of recommendations made by States in the UN Universal Periodic Review on human rights. However, serious challenges remain in particular regarding rights to freedom of expression...read more