The Network comprises two levels of membership -full members and associate members-. The full members are the main funders of the network and automatically have a seat on the Steering Committee (see the Structure here). The associate members pay a lesser fee and are represented on the Steering Committee by 1/3 of its total composition. All the associate members can participate and discuss issues in the Network by attending the annual General Assembly.

Full members have greater voting powers within the Network’s structure which reflects their greater financial contribution. All Steering Committee members, however, will have an influence on policy decisions and they will also be able to decide on who can be proposed as new members of the network. All members may participate in the Network’s projects and contribute to the Network’s overall policy framework.

A list of all current members, full and associate, is available below, next to the language that they represent within the Network. Click on the links for more details.

Full Members

Associate Members

Become a Member

Why join NPLD?

The NPLD acts to share best practice in language planning and to set up joint, funded language projects between its members. It means that the Occitans, for example, are able to work together with world leading language planning experts from Wales or Catalonia. In addition, NPLD represents Less Widely Used Language (LWUL) speakers at the EU level ensuring that LWUL issues are addressed.

The NPLD came about from the collective work of various language planning boards (Ireland, Wales, Catalonia, the Basque Country, Scotland, Galicia, and the Swedish Finns) to ensure that there is a network in Europe that has it’s main aim in sharing best practice. NPLD represents Europe’s autochthonous languages, working for linguistic rights and meaningful linguistic diversity.

Who can join the NPLD?

The NPLD is composed of two categories of members: full members and associate members.

Full members:
European national governments, regional governments/authorities and officially recognised language planning boards can only be accepted as full members.

Associate members
European local authorities, non-governmental organisations, research centres, universities, umbrella organisations and other groups can be accepted as associate members.


A candidate-member shall deliver a written and signed application for membership in the determined form, for the attention of the Steering Committee, that will decide whether the application is provisionally accepted. The application for membership has to be finally approved by the General Assembly.

Annual membership fee

Each member shall pay to the Network an annual membership fee, which becomes payable on the first of January of each year. The amount of the annual membership fee is determined on a yearly basis by the General Assembly Meeting.