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Information about the ECML

ECML information brochure: English - French


Compendium on cultural policies and trends in Europe

Initiated by the Council of Europe and the European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts) the Compendium is a web-based and permanently updated information and monitoring system of national cultural policies in Europe. Information is provided for 42 countries – Quick Facts, Cultural Policy Profiles, Compendium Grid in 26 national languages, Profiles of National Experts.
Transversal themes focus on Cultural access & participation, Cultural rights and ethics, Cultural diversity, Intercultural dialogue (including the Intercultural Cities Index), Status of artists, International cultural co-operation and mobility.
Two sections provide reports on national language issues and policies (section 4.2.5) and national language laws (section 5.1.9).


European Language Portfolio

Links into Languages

Links into Languages is a government-funded network of regional centres for the community of language educators in England, delivering professional development courses, support for networking and sharing of good practice as well as the latest information, advice and resources.


UK: Study of ECML workshop participants carried out in March 2011

The UK’s National Centre for Languages, CILT, carried out an online survey on the benefits of participating at an ECML workshop and on the wider benefit of UK involvement in the ECML. The respondents to the survey represented national organisations, senior lecturers, teacher trainers and directors of university languages centres, all well-placed to influence and disseminate ECML work. The following sample response highlights the added value of ECML cooperation: “Our (UK) engagement with the ECML and other bodies represents a belief that languages are an invaluable part of our shared intellectual and cultural heritage.  Sharing these intellectual benefits undoubtedly contributes to our economic benefit.”

•    Results of the survey (in English, PDF)

Eurypedia – the  European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems

Eurydice has launched Eurypedia – the  European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems. This online resource presents the education system organisation and recent reforms in Europe. Eurypedia contains more than 5000 articles and covers 38 school and university systems within the 33 countries participating in the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme (all 27 EU Member States as well as Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey). All Eurypedia content is available in English and, where applicable, in the language of the country, and is organised by topic and country.

  • Information relating to the United Kingdom:

    England: English
    Northern Ireland: English
    Scotland: English
    Wales: English


    Euromosaic study: Support from the European Commission for measures to promote and safeguard regional or minority languages and cultures.

    National relay for the European Day of Languages (EDL)

    The function of a national EDL Relay is to act as a multiplier for organisations, schools and associations, circulating:

    • information communicated by the Council of Europe (for example the press release of the Council on the Day, which the Relays are invited to translate into national/local languages, updates on the website);
    • promotional materials - posters, stickers etc. provided by the Council of Europe every year in significant quantities for event organisers.

    Contact details

    EDL website


    The UK and the Council of Europe in brief

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