The foundational treaties of the European Community, along with the Treaty of Maastricht, encourage the existence of economies of scale on a Community level, and thus affect languages and cultures with a lesser demographic and/or econòmic potential. Cultural and linguistic production cannot be seen as unrelated to such economies, and is clearly affected by the suppression of barriers, as is shown by such examples as the labeling of food products, and publíshíng, educational or audío-vísual policies. The Treaty of Maastrícht slightly modifies a trend whereby, in earlier European treaties, there was an absence of references to cultural matters, although it is not clear, either, that the new treaty favors quantitatively minor cultures. In view of the possibÜity that the survival of these minority cultures within the EC be under threat, and in view of the discrepàncies between cultural and econòmic policies, the government of the Flemish Community has submitted a cultural and lingüístic proposal, the «Europe of Cultures», whereby the European Union is to be buüt taking into consideration cultural regions within the EC rather than States. In order to do that, it is necessary to adjust market economy to cultural needs through the protection of weaker cultures. Wíth this goal in mind, the project defines the notions of «cultural region» -which is símultaneously based on cultural, econòmic, political, and administrative factors-, and «cultural adjustment of the market», which would entail the right to enforce stricter laws in order to protect minority cultures from majority cultures.

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Vila Moreno, Francesc Xavier; Sellarés Serra, Jorge

El mercat únic, les llengües no majoritàries i la proposta flamenca de l'Europa de les cultures

07/1994
The foundational treaties of the European Community, along with the Treaty of Maastricht, encourage the existence of economies of scale on a Community level, and thus affect languages and cultures with a lesser demographic and/or econòmic potential. Cultural and linguistic production cannot be seen as unrelated to such economies, and is clearly affected by the suppression of barriers, as is shown by such examples as the labeling of food products, and publíshíng, educational or audío-vísual policies. The Treaty of Maastrícht slightly modifies a trend whereby, in earlier European treaties, there was an absence of references to cultural matters, although it is not clear, either, that the new treaty favors quantitatively minor cultures. In view of the possibÜity that the survival of these minority cultures within the EC be under threat, and in view of the discrepàncies between cultural and econòmic policies, the government of the Flemish Community has submitted a cultural and lingüístic proposal, the «Europe of Cultures», whereby the European Union is to be buüt taking into consideration cultural regions within the EC rather than States. In order to do that, it is necessary to adjust market economy to cultural needs through the protection of weaker cultures. Wíth this goal in mind, the project defines the notions of «cultural region» -which is símultaneously based on cultural, econòmic, political, and administrative factors-, and «cultural adjustment of the market», which would entail the right to enforce stricter laws in order to protect minority cultures from majority cultures.
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El mercat únic, les llengües no majoritàries i la proposta flamenca de l'Europa de les cultures
Vila Moreno, Francesc Xavier; Sellarés Serra, Jorge
Revista de Llengua i Dret
Nº 21, 07/1994, p. 31 - 45

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