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EC Law and Minority Language Policy

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Niamh Nic ShuibhneLecturer in EC Law, University of Edinburgh

ISBN13: 9789041117335
ISBN: 9041117334
Published: July 2004
Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers
Format: Hardback
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The European Community has pledged respect for the cultural and linguistic diversity of its Member States and has recognized minority languages as an inherent constituent in this regard. This development reflects a broader trend within the Community towards grappling with less obvious aspects of supranational governance. Minority language groups turn optimistically to ""Europe"" in response. But, despite rhetorical promises, just what can the EC actually be expected to do in the realm of minority language protection, a politically sensitive and traditionally domestic concern? Arguments put forward to date focus primarily on philosophical, moral, economic, and political discourse. While these considerations are a vital aspect of the debate on minority languages and on linguistic diversity more generally, the question of legal basis remains largely unanswered. This book traces comprehensively the existence of an appropriate legal basis for action undertaken by the EC in this domain, striving in particular to locate a pragmatic yet effective balance between legitimate possibility and acceptable limitations.

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Table of Cases. Table of Legislation. List of Abbreviations. Preface.
1. The European Community and Language Policy: Why do Minority Languages Matter? 2. Early Days: The Origins of EC Minority Language Policy.
3. Language and EC Cultural Policy.
4. Cultural Policy and the Principle of Subsidiarity.
5. Language, Rights and Citizenship: An EC Equation? 6. Minority Language Policy and the EC Institutions: The Emerging Ethos.
7. Conclusion. Appendix I: Relevant Constitutional Provisions of the EC Member States. Appendix II: Text of the Resolutions of the European Parliament. Bibliography. Index.