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European Language Council

Rector of Free International University of Moldova, Academician Andrei Galben has received  today, July 02, 2014, a congratulation message addressed  by Maurizio Viezzi, President of ELC on the occasion of the unanimous approval of ULIM  by the  Board of the European Language Council as full member of this  prestigious association.

The Conseil Européen pour les Langues / European Language Council is a permanent and independent association, whose main aim is the quantitative and qualitative improvement of knowledge of the languages and cultures of the European Union and beyond. The association was officially launched in July 1997 by a group of leading European universities and associations with the support of the then DG XXII of the Commission of the European Communities. Membership is open to all institutions of higher education, and all national, European and international associations with a special interest in languages.

Europe continues to undergo rapid and profound changes resulting from increasing integration, EU expansion and globalisation. As a result of these developments, there is now an unprecedented need for effective communication across linguistic boundaries, which requires new policies and decisive action.

The founding of the European Language Council was a direct result of the Stockholm Evaluation Conference (June 1995), jointly organised by the SIGMA Scientific Committee on Languages and the European Commission. The findings of the national reports prepared by the Committee and of the recommendations emerging from the conference highlighted the need for an independent organisation that could address the issues of a multilingual and multicultural Europe from the point of view of higher education.