European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages
The European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages (EBLUL) was a non-governmental organisation that was set up to promote linguistic diversity and languages. It was founded in 1982 and discontinued in 2010. The organisation had close ties with both the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, and was funded by both the European Commission and local and regional governmental organisations.
Since its establishment in 1982, the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages had been strengthening contacts and developing mutual co-operation between lesser-used language communities. The main goal was to promote linguistic diversity and support diverse communities. It had acted as a facilitator in their links and communications with European institutions. Its aim was to speak on behalf of Europe’s 50 million speakers of regional or minority language.
The European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages was closed by a decision of its Board of Directors on 27 January 2010. The main reason given was that "the funding mechanism of such an organisational model [was] not suitable in current circumstances".
- European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
- Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
- Languages of the European Union
- Colin H. Williams,(1991) Language in Geographic Context: Linguistic minorities, society, and territory. Kogaｎ Page．
- EBLUL - promoting European linguistic diversity, linking language communities (original website at www.eblul.org stopped functioning in July/August 2010)
- Eurolang – the news agency run by EBLUL and now a separate NGO and news service.
- Council of Europe: Charter for Regional or Minority Languages
- Rennes demonstration 2006 – a demonstration backed by Eurolang
- Council of Europe: Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
- Map of Native peoples, ethnic groups in Europe
- Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities