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Parliamentary questions
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18 October 2019
Question for written answer
to the Commission
Rule 138
Jean-Paul Garraud, Maxette Pirbakas, Jean-François Jalkh, Julie Lechanteux, Annika Bruna, Virginie Joron, Gilles Lebreton, Catherine Griset, Gilbert Collard, André Rougé, Jérôme Rivière, Aurelia Beigneux, Joëlle Mélin, Nicolas Bay, Hélène Laporte, France Jamet, Thierry Mariani, Jordan Bardella
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Respect for multilingualism in the European institutions

One of the fundamental rights of the European Union is the right to be able to express oneself in any working language or official language, as defined by Regulation No 1 of 15 April 1958 determining the language to be used by the European Economic Community.

This principle of multilingualism is further reinforced by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, which, in Article 41(4), provides that every person may write to the institutions of the Union in one of the languages of the Treaties and must have an answer in the same language.

Yet, a group of European civil servants are speaking out against the current situation of English monolingualism, which is in breach of the above-mentioned legislation. Unfortunately, we see this situation on a daily basis in the course of our parliamentary work as we exercise our mandates as MEPs.

One of the Commission’s main roles is to ensure compliance with European law. What measure or decision does the Commission plan to adopt to ensure that the European institutions, and in particular the Commission itself, are able to enforce the relevant legislation?

Original language of question: FR
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