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Treaty of European Union

The Treaty of European Union contains a number of provisions relating to language. It was signed in Maastricht by Foreign and Finance Ministers of Member States on 7 February 1992.

Article 126 

    1. The Community shall contribute to the development of quality education by encouraging cooperation between member states and, if necessary, by supporting and supplementing their action, while fully respecting the responsibility of the member states for the content of teaching and the organisation of education systems and their cultural and linguistic diversity.

    2. Community action shall be aimed at...

    • developing the European dimension in education, particularly through the teaching and dissemination of the languages of the member states;

Article 128 

    1. The Community shall contribute to the flowering of the cultures of the member states, while respecting their national and regional diversity and at the same time bringing the common cultural heritage to the fore...

    4. The Community shall take cultural aspects into account in its action under other provisions of this Treaty.

    Appendix to the Treaty on European Union: Declaration on the Use of Languages in the Field of the Common Foreign and Security Policy

    The Conference agrees that the use of the languages shall be in accordance with the rules of the European Communities.

    For COREU communications, the current European Political Cooperation will serve as a guide for the time being.

    All common foreign and security policy texts which are submitted to or adopted at meetings of the European Council and of the Council as well as all texts which are to be published are immediately and simultaneously translated into all the official Community languages.

The full text of the Treaty of European Union can be found at the European Union site for legal texts.

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