The European Union and Minority Language Rights: Respect for the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Niamh Nic Shuibhne

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Abstract

The European Community has pledged respect for the cultural and linguistic diversity of its Member States and has recognised minority languages as an inherent constituent in this regard. In turn, minority language groups turn to "Europe" in response to grapple with minority language issues when perhaps domestic response to their concerns is either not forthcoming or simply not enough. This paper submits, however, that while there is a justifiable role for EC involvement in minority language issues, this competence is necessarily limited by the function and capacity of the EC more generally.

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Nic Shuibhne, Niamh. The European Union and Minority Language Rights: Respect for the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity. IJMS: International Journal on Multicultural Societies. 2001, vol. 3, no.2, pp. 61-77. UNESCO. ISSN 1817-4574. www.unesco.org/shs/ijms/vol3/issue2/art2

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