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Parliamentary questions
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9 September 2021
Question for written answer  E-004152/2021/rev.1
to the Commission
Rule 138
José Ramón Bauzá Díaz (Renew)
 Subject: Health-care staff in the Balearic Islands forced to speak Catalan

The Government of the Balearic Islands recently decided to carry out investigations into and launch disciplinary proceedings against health-care staff who do not speak to patients in Catalan. Under the Spanish Constitution, however, all citizens have the right to speak Spanish. At the same time, Spain’s linguistic diversity enjoys special respect and protection.

The Balearic Government’s decision not only constitutes a serious breach of the right that healthcare staff enjoy under the Constitution to speak the official language of Spain, it also violates the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, which enshrines the right to free expression without interference by the authorities and prohibits discrimination on linguistic grounds by imposing the use of a language exclusively on Spanish-speaking staff under threat of reprisals at work.

1. What is the Commission’s view of the Balearic Government’s decision to force health-care staff to speak Catalan, thereby breaching their constitutional right to speak Spanish?

2. What action is the Commission planning to take to ensure that the Balearic Government upholds the constitutional rights of healthcare staff?

Original language of question: ES
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