CELAN is the result of a long development of language policies at EU level. Its direct origin is the Business Platform for Multilingualism.
The platform was initiated in September 2009 by DG Education and Culture. Stakeholders in business: industry representatives, companies, associations, trade unions, language industry representatives and others, discussed the need for an enhanced awareness of the importance of languages in business.
From these discussions stems the core idea of CELAN: to create a network that provides language services to business stakeholders. The CELAN project, a network under LLP KA2 "Languages" started officially on 1 January 2011, with a duration of 24 months.