The Government asks the European Parliament to allow the use of Catalan, Basque and Galician in plenary sessions

The Spanish Government has sent a letter to the European Parliament requesting that it be possible to use Catalan, Galician and Basque in plenary sessions held in the institution and that it be put on the same level as the rest of the official languages ​​used by MEPs in speeches.

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19 September 2022 Monday 12:02
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The Government asks the European Parliament to allow the use of Catalan, Basque and Galician in plenary sessions

The Spanish Government has sent a letter to the European Parliament requesting that it be possible to use Catalan, Galician and Basque in plenary sessions held in the institution and that it be put on the same level as the rest of the official languages ​​used by MEPs in speeches.

During the meeting between the Minister of Culture, Natàlia Garriga, and the Minister of Territorial Policy and Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, it was explained that the request has been made in a context of greater demand for "transparency" and improvements in the " citizen participation". This is a measure agreed upon at the dialogue table.

The Spanish government has shown its willingness to negotiate the practical details to make the initiative possible in accordance with the "deliberations of the organs of the chamber if the proposal is responded positively."

As explained by the Ministry of Territorial Policy, the measure has precedents in 2005 and 2009, when the Foreign Ministry proposed the negotiation of an administrative agreement between the European Parliament and the State that would allow certain uses of the official languages ​​in the European Parliament.

At the end of July, at the last meeting of the dialogue table, the Government and the central Executive agreed to protect Catalan at school and promote it in the Senate and in the European Parliament.

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