French training for European institution staff


The Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe will take part in providing French training for European institution staff.

The AEM consortium, Alliance Europe Multilingue, won the European Commission’s call for tenders to provide French language training for staff of the European Unions’ institutions, organisations and agencies (IOA) in Brussels and Luxembourg.

The AEM consortium was born of a common desire among Belgian, French and Luxembourgish partners to pool their specific experience and know-how in the field of French as a foreign language. It consists of the Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe, the CAVILAM-Alliance française de Vichy, the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP), the Centre national d’enseignement à distance (CNED), the Institut français in Paris, the Institut français in Luxembourg and Prolingua.

Due to their diverse, complementary fields of competence, the members of the AEM consortium were deemed most able to meet the European institutions’ demand for French training. The training they will provide must enable staff at the institutions based in Brussels and Luxembourg to develop the linguistic skills needed to perform their duties. This call for tenders thus offers the AEM Consortium the opportunity to contribute to the strengthening of internal communication in French, and raise awareness of issues relevant to the French-speaking world through the medium of language.

This is why, alongside the linguistic dimension, the Consortium is presenting its learners with a particularly diverse and rich cultural offering. It will allow the development of a motivating French-speaking environment, made more accessible by the provision of each consortium member’s respective digital resources.

There is also a cultural offering to accompany the linguistic dimension. This will allow the development of a motivating and accessible French-speaking environment through the provision of each consortium member’s respective digital resources.

The Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe, the leader of the consortium, will ensure coordination and successful performance of the services. It will be the official contact for the IOAs and provide the classroom-based courses in Brussels. The CAVILAM-Alliance française de Vichy will handle course design requests. The course provision will start in 2016 in Luxembourg for a five-year period, and in 2017 in Brussels for a four-year period.

This collective adventure highlights our Alliance’s ability to mobilise for major projects that call upon its expertise in the field of French as a Foreign Language.

Jean-Claude Crespy, Director of the Alliance française de Bruxelles-Europe.