The acting Foreign Minister, José Manuel Albares, has announced that Spain will prioritize the officialization of Catalan in the European Union. As he explained at the end of the meeting of European ministers he presented his proposal, some of the countries have suggested that three languages “at once” was too many, so Spain has opened up to prioritizing “the language whose inhabitants have requested with more insistence” its officialization. Without rejecting the initiative outright, several of Spain’s European partners have warned upon their arrival in Brussels that it is still “too early” to make a decision, this Tuesday, on the Spanish proposal to make Catalan official languages in the EU. Basque and Galician, and have asked for a “legal study” before taking a position on an issue with many legal and financial questions still open.
“Given the raising of doubts by Member States that spoke of three languages at once, since perhaps a gradual approach was necessary, we have prioritized Catalan over Basque and Galician, but the final decision does not vary in absolute and the defense that has been made is of the three languages,” said Albares after several Member States have warned upon his arrival in Brussels that it is still “too early” to make a decision on the official status of the three languages. and have asked for a “legal study” before taking a position on an issue with many legal and financial questions still open.
This objective, however, will take a long time to come. As several European countries had anticipated, even those most inclined to “listen” to the Spanish proposal, it is too “early” to vote on a decision that requires unanimity, which is why it has been decided to further study all the questions raised this Tuesday.
“Some States have asked for more time to analyze its development and implementation and for this reason we have agreed to continue working to respond and channel the comments of the States to this Spanish proposal,” explained Albares, who underlined the fact that “no “State has exercised its veto” on the Spanish proposal.
In Spain, the Congress of Deputies holds the plenary session that will approve the use of co-official languages in the lower house. Starting this Tuesday, the Lower House will have 650 headsets to translate, which will cost 53,000 euros and 12 interpreters will be hired until the fixed system is available in February.
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