The European Member States consider that it is “early” to decide on the official status of Catalan, Basque and Galician
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 European Union. , 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, they have indicated.
France, a country that has historically opposed this step due to its own internal conflicts with nationalist movements such as the Corsican or Breton, but which had not yet expressed itself openly regarding the new Spanish attempt, has declared itself willing to “help” Spain. in your request. But he has stressed, in agreement with the majority opinion, that first it is necessary to have more legal information about the consequences of this step.
After ensuring that there is “no fear” in France regarding this proposal, the French Secretary of State for the EU, Laurence Boone, has stressed that Paris will formally request “a legal study to see how we can accommodate Spain on this issue.”
“It is important to take time, with working groups, to see how and where regional languages can be used. We are going to help Spain as much as possible, but we need jurists for that,” she declared upon entering the General Affairs Council in Brussels.
In a similar sense, countries that had already openly expressed “reluctance” to rush a decision have expressed themselves, Sweden and Finland, but also other countries “open to listening” to the Spanish position, such as Slovakia, Germany and Ireland, which have stressed that The “legal and financial consequences” must be clarified before taking a position.
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