Multilingualism and multiculturalism in the context of the European Union
The paper deals with multilingualism and multiculturalism in the context of the European Union (EU). It analyzes certain skills and competencies that multilingual and multicultural European citizens have to acquire to become full-fledged EU members. Multilingualism is becoming a social phenomenon governed by the needs of globalization and cultural openness. Thanks to the ease of access to information, facilitated by the Internet, individuals exposure to multiple languages is getting more and more frequent, and triggering therefore the need to acquire more and more languages. Speaking many languages makes individuals more competitive and mobile. The EU policy of official multilingualism as a deliberate tool of government is unique in the world. The EU works actively in the sphere of culture and quality of life to promote the wider knowledge and use of all its official languages throughout the Union.
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