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The society “Pro Grigioni Italiano” (Pgi) was founded in 1918 at Chur. It aims to advance the Italian language in the Graubünden canton and in Switzerland at large, especially by supporting cultural activity in the Italian-speaking Graubünden and by acting in the interest of the Italian-speaking minority in Switzerland. The Pgi is a federation of ten local groups scattered all over the country. Each group of the Italian-speaking Graubünden (Bregaglia, Moesano, Val Poschiavo), as well as the Chur group, have a corresponding agency with a culture commissioner. The Graubünden law on languages is in force since the 1st of January 2009; this means that four-year agreements about standards of performance rule the activity of the Pgi according to three main spheres: cultural stimulation, publishing, and advisory service. The last item includes every suggestion or incitation in favour of Italian language and culture, especially to public authorities. The Pgi also represents the Italian-speaking community of Graubünden towards the Council of Europe for problems in connection with language. Federal and cantonal support, as well as membership fees, helps the Pgi financing its activities; furthermore, the society sells its own publications and is subsidized by private sponsors.