The EU's Financial Support for Regional or Minority Languages : A Historical Assessment

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Gazzola , M , Grin , F , Häggman , J & Moring , T A 2016 , ' The EU's Financial Support for Regional or Minority Languages : A Historical Assessment ' , Razprave in Gradivo , vol. 2016 , no. 77 , pp. 33-66 .

Title: The EU's Financial Support for Regional or Minority Languages : A Historical Assessment
Author: Gazzola, Michele; Grin, François; Häggman, Johan; Moring, Tom Arne
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
Date: 2016-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 34
Belongs to series: Razprave in Gradivo
ISSN: 0354-0286
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/173454
Abstract: The EU professes to have a positive policy towards RMLs, as enshrined in Article 22 of the European Charter of Fundamental Rights. Since the beginning of the 1980s the then European Economic Community has shown some awareness of the issue and has tried to support RMLs in a variety of ways. This support, nevertheless, has decreased over time, in particular since 2000. The goal of this article is to provide a detailed financial assessment of EU support to RMLs from 1994 to 2006 and to present the main trend in RMLs support after 2006. This article, based on official data, shows that the amounts concerned, even during the relatively more favourable 1990s, have remained small. We also conclude that RML-specific programmes and actions (as opposed to mainstreaming support) have been much more successful at channelling resources towards RMLs. We conclude the article by discussing the most important trends in RML support after 2006, showing that supportfrom the EU in this area has remained modest.
Subject: 517 Political science
Regional and minority languages
European Union
language policy evaluation
costs
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