Portugal signed the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of the Council of Europe. This instrument, adopted in 1992, aims to protect and promote the historical regional and minority languages of Europe, maintaining and developing European cultural heritage and traditions; and to respect the inalienable and commonly recognized right to use regional and minority languages in public and private life. The Mirandese language was the basis for this signing. Miranda do Douro City Council, together with the “Associaçon de la Lhéngua i Cultura Mirandesa”, developed a list of commitments to be fulfilled, arising from Portugal’s accession to the Charter.

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