Catalan, Galician, Basque demand EU status

13th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

13 December 2004, BRUSSELS- Spain is to ask the European Union to make Catalan, Galician, Basque official languages.

13 December 2004

BRUSSELS- Spain is to ask the European Union to make Catalan, Galician, Basque official languages.

Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Spain's foreign minister, presented the request to the EU in Brussels to make Spain's three other languages 'co-official' in the EU.

However, the EU is expected to reject the plan as it would need the approval of all 25 members and would incur more costs in terms of translating EU affairs.

Alberto Navarro, Spanish secretary of state for Europe, said the plan would give Basque, Catalan or Galician's the right to speak in their mother-tongues.

They should be able to do this in the European Parliament and different EU committees.

Navarro said speakers of these languages could give the EU 15 days notice in order that translations could be prepared.

He said it would not be practical for a Euro MP to speak in a debate or reply to questions in their own tongue.

He said that EU documents should be translated into these three languages.

Navarro pointed out Ireland had recently asked the same with respect to Irish Gaelic.

He said the cost of translations should be met by Spain and not the EU.

Navarro said Spain's request was to try to support minority languages.

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Subject: Spanish news

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