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Parliamentary question - E-003095/2022Parliamentary question

    English’s status as an official language despite not having been requested by a Member State


    Question for written answer  E-003095/2022
    to the Council
    Rule 138
    Francesca Donato (NI)

    Article 8 of Regulation 1/1958 states that ‘if a Member State has more than one official language, the language to be used shall, at the request of such State, be governed by the general rules of its law’[1]. However, neither Ireland nor Malta have made a request for English to be used and the Council cannot arbitrarily grant itself the right to make such a decision as a way of justifying the continued use of that language when the only State that requested it has left the EU.

    After Slovak[2], English – a language originally imposed on the Irish and Maltese by British colonisers – is now the EU’s 17th language, with around 5 million speakers. Yet, despite the many rules in place to maintain multilingualism and prevent language discrimination[3], the Council, contrary to any principle of democracy, uses it almost exclusively in communication, contrary to the law and against the interests of the 445 million non-native English-speaking EU citizens.

    In view of this, can the Council say:

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