An institutional delegation from the Flemish linguistic community in Brussels visits the Basque Country to get to know the linguistic reality of the country at first hand
This delegation from the Flemish linguistic community of Brussels is made up of members of the Parliament of the capital-region of Brussels; they are parliamentarians from the chamber known as the Flemish Parliament of Brussels. Eight representatives of the Assembly have travelled to the Basque Country to get to know the linguistic reality of the country and will hold various meetings to learn first-hand about public policies for the development of Basque, whether in the institutional, educational or economic spheres. Although Flemish is the language of the majority of the Belgian population (approximately 60%), the Flemish-speaking community in the Brussels capital region is a minority (20%).
The institutional visit will take place from today, 8 May, until Friday, 12 May. Earlier today, the delegation met with the Minister for Culture and Language Policy, Bingen Zupiria, and the Deputy Minister for Language Policy, Miren Dobaran, in a meeting that served to learn about the sociolinguistic reality of the Basque Country, as well as the different policies for the development of the Basque language that have been implemented over the years.
Over the next few days, the institutional delegation of the Flemish linguistic community in Brussels will hold meetings with representatives of the Basque Parliament, the University of the Basque Country, the Mondragon Group, EITB, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Euskaltzaindia, AEK, Topagunea, Tabakalera and Etxepare Institutoa, among others.