The report of the Advisory Committee for the Promotion of Regional Languages and Internal Linguistic Plurality was submitted to Aurélie Filippetti, Minister of Culture and Communication
Installed on 6 March 2013 by the Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, the “Advisory Committee for the Promotion of Regional Languages and Internal Linguistic Plurality” delivered on 15 July the conclusions of its work.
Chaired by Rémi Caron, State Councillor, former Prefect, the Committee drew on the expertise of parliamentarians (Frédérique Espagnac, Senator for the Pyrénées-Atlantiques; Jacques Legendre, Senator for Nord-Pas-de-Calais; Paul Molac, Member for Morbihan), representatives of local authorities (Abraham Bengio, Deputy Director-General of the Rhône-Alpes region, David Grosclaude, Regional Councillor of Aquitaine), legal experts (Marie-Anne Cohendet, University Professor, University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne; Ferdinand Melin-Soucramanien, University Professor, University of Montesquieu - Bordeaux IV), linguists (Louis-Jean Calvet, Professor of Universities Emeritus, Georges-Daniel Véronique, Professor of Universities, University of Aix-Marseille), and qualified personalities (Henriette Walter, writer, Professor of Universities Emeritus). He held many hearings.
The Committee has endeavoured to assess the policy pursued by France in the light of the 39 commitments entered into when the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages was signed, and beyond, to make proposals to give a new impetus to public policy in favour of regional languages and internal linguistic plurality.
In the light of the Committee’s recommendations, the Minister will propose to the Prime Minister - after consultation of parliamentarians and the various parties concerned - the measures it considers appropriate to take to increase the spaces for the expression of French languages in our country.