The above-mentioned campaign, which was launched on line too at the address www.piccolingo.eu, is meant for the parents of children aged between 2 and 6 in the European Union (EU) and will initially take 18 months.
As part of the same events, on Thursday and Friday, Brussels hosted a conference on learning languages at young ages, one of the conclusions being that languages are most easily learnt at young ages.
„Our aim is that all the EU citizens should know two languages at least. At present multilingualism has become a defining policy of the European Union, a dynamic policy which includes the interests of the European Union citizens,” said Commissioner Orban.
As the European Commissioner for Multilingualism told the news conference on launching the Piccolingo campaign, the aim of the European Day of Languages is to direct public attention to the importance attached to learning languages, to increase the degree of awareness referring to all the languages spoken in Europe and to promote learning all along one’s lifetime.
Leonard Orban voiced conviction that the policy in the filed of multilingualism would continue to be an important one among the EU policies, but he did not want to anticipate if this field would stay or not as a separate portfolio in the future European Commission, a decision on this respect exclusively devolving on President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso.
On Friday too, in the Place Jourdan in Brussels, not far from the headquarters of the European Commission, they organized a space of multilingualism, where music shows in various languages spoken in the EU, dance shows, interactive competitions dealing with multilingualism were given.
A recent study made by the European Commission shows that 60 percent of the high school pupils in the EU studied two or more languages in 2007 and one third, one language only, whereas 6 percent studied no language at all.
Taking their own assessment of their linguistic abilities as a basis, 28 percent of the people aged between 25 and 64 in the EU said that they speak two or more languages and 36 percent in the same age bracket, one language.
Another 36 percent of the polled admitted they can speak no language.
In Romania 7.9 percent of the high school pupils studied one language in 2007 and 92.1 percent, two or more languages. The language studied my most people is English.