September 26 was proclaimed European Day of Languages by the Council of Europe, with the support of the European Union, on December 6, 2001, at the end of European Year of Languages in 2001. It's aim is to encourage language learning across Europe. The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are threefold. First of all, one aim is to alert the public to the importance of language learning and diversify the range of languages learned in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding. Second, there is an emphasis on promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe. Third, lifelong language learning is encouraged in and out of school.