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Brain drain and multilingualism, important issues discussed at CoFoE

Laurence Farreng MEP at EDP Council

On 25 and 26 March, the fifth plenary session of the Conference on the Future of Europe (CoFoE) focused on a first discussion of the proposals based on the citizens' recommendations from the national and European citizens' panels, as well as on the ideas submitted on the multilingual digital platform.

In the working group on education, culture, youth and sport with French MEP Laurence Farreng and Renew Europe CoR President François Decoster said: "The European identity must take into account the realities on the ground. We propose to extend the Erasmus programme to local politicians so that they get to know the reality on the ground in other countries. We also talked about multilingualism, but there is a little paradox: we propose to do everything in English so that we can communicate better, but linguistic diversity is a strength of the European identity.

In her response, Laurence Farreng stressed the importance of cross-border regions and agreed with François Decoster that multiculturalism and multilingualism are key to a European identity, which is why English cannot be used as the norm.

In the coming weeks, the proposals will be finalised and presented at the CofoE plenary on 8-9 April, before entering the final phase of the CofoE with the closing plenary on 28-29 April.

For more information on Renew CoR's participation in the CofoE, click here