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Parliamentary questions
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17 July 2019
Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001774/2019

The question refers to an article in the Spanish country section of the European Youth Portal. The article indicates that, on the Balearic Islands, Catalan is the co-official language together with Spanish. It does not suggest that Catalan is ‘the single dominant language’ on the Balearic Islands.

Member States retain exclusive competence to regulate the legal status of the use of languages, including the recognition of certain linguistic rights in their respective territories. If the implementation of linguistic regimes has been delegated to regional or local authorities, differences in interpretation have to be settled at national level.

In such cases, it is for the concerned Member State to use all legal instruments available in order to guarantee that the rights of all citizens are protected in accordance with its constitutional order and obligations under international law.

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