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2021 European Day of Languages: Language competences in the European Education Area

27 September 2021


To celebrate the 2021 European Day of Languages, you are warmly invited to join us for an online conference on Monday 27 September from 12:00 until 14:00 CEST (Central European Summer Time). 

This year’s main event will demonstrate the European Commission’s broad support for the implementation of the Recommendation of the Council of the European Union (EU) on a comprehensive approach to the teaching and learning of languages. 

Together, we will discuss

  • the role of language competences in the context of the European Education Area
  • how to boost foreign language learning, including the introduction of a voluntary module to assess the first foreign language with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) 2025 PISA report
  • how to incorporate language diversity and support literacy in all languages in schools 

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, will launch the event and give an overview of the policy context.

Join us for the 2021 European Day of Languages!

Follow the event online

The event will be streamed live online and interpreted into EnglishFrenchGerman and Slovene.

You can also follow the event on social media at:


Andreas Schleicher - Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris

Bronka Straus - Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, Ljubljana

Nathalie Auger - University Professor, Université Paul Valéry Montpellier 3

Sophia Eriksson Waterschoot - Director, Youth, Education and Erasmus+, DG EAC, European Commission


Kristina Cunningham - Senior Expert, Unit for Schools and multilingualism, Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), European Commission, Brussels

Ladi Pohlen - Support to European Commission Representations in Member States, Directorate-General for Communication (DG COMM), European Commission, Brussels


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