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RIP Rudi Janssens

It is with deep sadness that we mark the passing of Rudi Janssens, who died of cancer on August 21st.
A sociologist by training, Professor Rudi Janssens started his career in the 1980s at the VUB research Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language Matters in Brussels (Centrum voor de Interdisciplinaire Studie van de Brusselse Taaltoestanden), which later became BRIO, the knowledge centre for Brussels and its periphery, of which he was the driving force and where he studied the (...)

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‘Brussel is een emancipatiemachine’

Politiek is Brussel een tweetalig gewest, maar op straat hoor je een bonte mengeling van talen. Begin deze eeuw sprak slechts 2,5 procent van de Brusselaars geen Frans, Engels of Nederlands. Vandaag is dat opgelopen tot acht procent, zo blijkt uit de jongste taalbarometer van Rudi Janssens (VUB). Maar: “Wie Brussel verlaat, kent wel gemiddeld veel meer Frans en Nederlands dan wie hier aankomt,” zegt Philippe Van Parijs (UCL). En Rudi Janssens: “Brussel is een emancipatiemachine.”
Bruzz, (...)

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Overview of the Programmes of the Governments for 2019-24

Five governments:
Language policy in the Brussels Capital Region lies within the competences of several governments. Dutch-language and French-language education and culture are under the authority, respectively, of the Vlaamse Gemeenschap (VG) and the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (FWB). However, language policy is not only a matter of education and culture. Moreover, in a region that is increasingly diverse linguistically and whose population is increasinly multilingual, the French-Dutch (...)

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Marnix Debate at the Jubel Festival

Panel debate: Multilingualism: How can Brussels become an example for the rest of Europe?
The Jubel Festival for European Democracy (www.jubelfestival.com), held in Brussels’ Parc du Cinquantenaire on 6-7 September 2019 hosted a large set of parallel interactive encounters on a variety of subjects relevant to European democracy. The Marnix Plan for a multilingual Brussels was invited to organize one of them. It took place in the morning of Saturday 7 September under the title (...)

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Five questions to philosopher Philippe Van Parijs on Brussels’ linguistic challenge

Read Marnix Plan co-ordinator Philippe Van Parijs’ interview with the Brussels Times, in which he discusses the history and changing linguistic landscape of the city of Brussels, along with recent proposals by the ULB and the VUB to set up multilingual schools.

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Marnix Plan debate with political party leaders

On 26th April 2019, the Marnix Plan hosted a debate with politicians from all of the major parties in Brussels. The debate focused on two main questions: What initiatives do you consider to be the most urgent or the most promising as a means of meeting the linguistic challenges and opportunities in Brussels? What kinds of institutional reforms do you consider necessary in order to enable Brussels to meet its linguistic needs?
In addition to the political party delegates, we also welcomed (...)

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Francophones et Nederlandstaligen: Wat samen dans nos communes?

Le Groupe du Vendredi et le Plan Marnix vous invitent à une conférence conjointe sur la promotion du bilinguisme à Bruxelles dans la perspective des élections communales d’octobre. Elle se tiendra le vendredi 14 septembre à partir de 17h à la tour Actiris à Bruxelles (Avenue de l’Astronomie 30 à 1210 Bruxelles).
De Vrijdaggroep en Plan Marnix nodigen u uit voor een gezamenlijke conferentie over de bevordering van tweetaligheid in Brussel, naar aanleiding van de gemeenteraadsverkiezingen van oktober. (...)

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Huis van het Nederlands launches new campaign to make Dutch more attractive

The Huis van het Nederlands (House of Dutch) launches a pilot project to make the Dutch language more attractive among students in French-speaking schools in Brussels. To show pupils where Dutch is spoken in Brussels and why they need the language, experts will take them on a tour, with information about work, free time and sports. Many Dutch-speaking Brussels institutions are contributing, including the Flemish library and information centre Muntpunt. The pilot project runs from September (...)

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