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Bilingual communities comprised of speakers of regional or minority languages and of majority languages are good practice laboratories relevant to the EU’s aim of promoting multilingualism across the Union. In this context, reference was made to the know-how acquired in bilingual schools in the Basque Country, Galicia, Catalonia and the Valencian Country, where sophisticated methods of language immersion and special teacher training programmes had been in place for decades. It was felt, that these methods should be disseminated throughout the Union, as should the promotion of passive bilingualism, the management of linguistic conflicts, and the management of multilingualism in companies and public administration practiced in those territories. The Group came to the conclusion that further research should be conducted into educational and management practices in bilingual communities with a view to assessing their potential for application in other situations.