The Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares, has confirmed, in statements in Congress, that he has sent a letter to the Presidency of the European Union requesting the modification of the Regulation that regulates the use of languages in the European Union, the regulation 1/58, so that Catalan, Basque and Galician are included as co-official languages.
The petition is addressed to the Presidency of the Union, which is precisely held by Spain this semester, something that, in the minister's opinion, is common, not an exception. The letter has a copy addressed to the General Secretary of the Council, so that it can be included in the next meeting of the Foreign Affairs Council, which will take place on September 19.
After acknowledging that the step taken by the acting Government, and specifically by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responds to the agreement with Junts, Albares explained that it means making the use of languages that were already used official. "Those three languages are already used, through administrative agreements, in practically all the European institutions", and only the European Parliament was left out, although there was already a right to petition, and use in some committee.
What the Foreign Minister did make clear is that the reform of the Regulation requires the unanimity of all the countries of the European Union.