The use of one’s own language is a basic human right, and one that is recognised in both the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Treaty on European Union. Multilingualism is beneficial on both a societal and an individual level, and should be promoted throughout Europe. At LYMEC, we support the creation of a European framework to protect minority languages. We urge France and Italy to ratify the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, and reject the characterisation of regional and minority languages as historical relics. Finally, we call upon the ALDE party and to reject the linguistic and cultural centralism adopted by both the EPP and S&P groups.