Breaking down barriers and bridging borders: Multilingualism as a catalyst to cross-border mobility, employability and cultural cooperation:

Association of European Border Regions and sign Declaration and Affirmation of Multilingualism for the Future Economic Prosperity of the European Union

Uwe Mohr, Project Director, and AEBR Secretary General Martín Guillermo Ramírez sign the joint declaration (Source: Johannes Moisio, Chairman AEBR TF External Borders)

In the scope of the AEBR General Assembly and Annual 2012 held in Berlin, Project Director, Uwe Mohr, and Secretary General of the AEBR, Martín Guillermo Ramírez signed a joint Declaration confirming both organisations' commitment to and support for continued efforts to expand the multilingual capabilities of European citizens, businesses and influence policy makers.

“It gives me great pleasure to join our forces together and declare our steadfast support for the promotion of Multilingualism under the auspices of the AEBR Annual Conference”, shared Uwe Mohr. “By keeping the spotlight focused on Multilingualism, we are providing one of the imperative inputs for cross-border and cross-cultural cooperation and understanding”.

As co-signatory of the declaration, Mr. Ramírez added, “We sign this declaration with high appreciation for the work that the project has done for the cause of Multilingualism. Enabling mobility and employability across border regions, Multilingualism is a skill that all Europeans must enhance within their own capabilities, not only for the economic health of border regions but for the European continent overall.” 


The project participated in three events under the joint umbrella of the Association of European Border Regions (AEBR) and The Soul of Europe’s “Berlin Conference 2012”.  These events were highly successful in further disseminating the project’s research findings and best practices as well as broadening and deepening the exposure of the project through informal networking and formal activities.


During the AEBR conference, over 20 attendees were interviewed giving their personal opinions about the positive impact of Multilingualism for labour mobility across border regions. These interviews will soon be viewable on the website.

For further information, please read the official press release issued by the project.

The new declaration is also available for download in ENGLISHFRENCH and GERMAN. is a project promoting Multilingualism in Europe - the result of the deliberations of the EU Civil Society Platform on Multilingualism. The project will result in the creation of an On-line Observatory, reporting on best practice in language policy and language learning. The observatory will provide policymakers, teachers, learners and civil society organisations with a powerful toolkit for benchmarking and enhancing their activities, in non-formal and informal education and learning sectors. The project is co-funded through the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).

The nine project partners are: Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE); British Council (BC); Danish Cultural Institute Benelux (DKI); EU National Institutes for Culture in Brussels (EUNIC in Brussels); European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA); European Theatre Convention (ETC); Fundación Academia Europea de Yuste (FAEY); Goethe-Institut Brüssel (GI); Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning (Mercator).


Project Management:               
EUNIC in Brussels
Ulla - Alexandra Mattl                          
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Press & Public Relations:
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