Activities 2006 - European Academy of Sciences and Arts

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Activities 2006 - European Academy of Sciences and Arts

EUROPEAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES & ART

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PROTECT VARIETY

CULTURAL PRIDE, DIVERSITY AND HISTORICAL AWARENESS ARE THE PILLARS

UPON WHICH THE FUTURE OF EUROPE RESTS.

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1. Linguistic diversity is an essential element in maintaining cultural heritage in Europe.

This highlights the importance of all European minority languages.

2. Preserving European culture and traditions helps to maintain openness towards the

outside world and safeguard interest for continually renewed knowledge.

3. Active national and EU language policy will endorse the cultural richness of European

societies and result in culturally proud European citizens.

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Individual EU member states must allow for specific and regional cultural diversity in their

respective countries. The steady decrease in the use of European minority languages must

be reversed before they become extinct.

Adopted by the General Assembly (Festplenum) of the European Academy of Sciences

and Arts on 11th March 2006 in Salzburg.

The General Assembly requested the Academy Presidency to transmit the above declaration

to the following bodies of the European Parliament:

• Committee on Constitutional Affairs,

• Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs,

• Committee on Culture and Education,

as well as to the European Commissioner responsible for Education, Training, Culture and

Multilingualism.

GF / UFvH

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