Today, 26 September, is (or was) the European Day of Languages.
The Council of Europe came up with the idea of a European Day of Languages in 2001, the European Year of Languages. The initiative has several goals:
- Making EU citizens aware of the linguistic diversity in Europe. (There are over 200 European languages!)
- To increase awareness of the importance of language learning; just knowing English is not enough.
- To "encourage lifelong language learning in and out of school" (quoted from Wikipedia).
These goals should appeal to the users of Language Learning Stack Exchange.
However, language skills are something that can be evaluated, and this type of evaluation can be used to measure the effectiveness of this European initiative. Hence my question: is there any evidence that the European Day of Languages has motivated more EU citizens to learn foreign languages? Has the percentage of multilingual EU citizens increased since 2001 as a result of this initiative?
Update: The European Commission's website about multilingualism has a page about Evidence-based policy which does not mention the European Day of Languages as part of this "evidence-based policy".