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Parliamentary questions
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24 June 2016
Question for written answer E-005110-16
to the Commission
Rule 130
Angel Dzhambazki (ECR)

 Subject:  Risk of Turkish becoming an official EU language
 Answer in writing 

With regard to the Turkish population in EU and the prospect of Cyprus uniting as a federation with two components — one Greek and the other Turkish — the question of whether Turkish will become an official EU language is raised more and more often.

Under EU legislation, before joining, each Member State specifies which language it would prefer to be used as an official EU language. Not all languages which have the status of official language in a country are put forward to be an official EU language, as is the case with Luxembourgish. The country's initial decision can be changed later only if all other national governments agree.

The decision of whether Turkish will become an official EU language directly affects Member States such as Bulgaria and Greece. Giving Turkish the status of official EU language will directly interfere in the internal affairs of those countries and will threaten ethnic peace and national security.

1. Is the Commission aware of the problems which may arise from Turkish becoming an official EU language?

2. If the request of President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis is rejected, will that threaten the reconciliation process between north Cyprus, which is not recognised by any country except for Turkey, and Cyprus itself?

Original language of question: BG 
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