The promotion of German and French in the EU institutions was considered by Dr. Klaus Kinkel (German Federal Foreign Minister 1993-1998) and Jacques Delors (President of the EU Commission 1985-1995) as an important contribution to multilingualism in Europe. That was the beginning of an intensive language course programme, which initially under the name "DeutschLand - Sprachkurse in Deutschland" (German Country - Language Courses in Germany) and later as "Europanetzwerk Deutsch" (European German Network) still attracts a great deal of interest today.
Since 1994, the Federal Foreign Office has supported the promotion of German as a working and processing language in the EU institutions with this language course programme in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut. It was an important concern of the founding father and then Foreign Minister Dr Klaus Kinkel to strengthen the German language in the European context in this way.
In 2019, the Europanetzwerk Deutsch celebrated its 25th anniversary with high-ranking guests from EU member states and the EU institutions in the European capital.
What does it look like, how can it be shaped, the role of German in the institutions of the European Union? An exciting panel discussion took place on this topic in the plenary hall of the Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz in Berlin.
How has the Europanetzwerk Deutsch developed since its foundation? What were the highlights? Our timeline provides a quick overview.