Sunday, October 1, 2023

Sweden is cooling the official status of Catalan, Galician and Basque in the EU

Sweden is cooling the official status of Catalan, Basque and Galician in the EU, which the government of Pedro Sánchez proposed for the presidency of the Congress based on the agreement with Junts and which Carles Puigdemont’s party sees as key to the negotiations on the investment .

The difficult path of Catalan, Basque and Galician to establish themselves as official languages ​​in the European Union


The Conservative government was the first to formally set out its position on the debate it will lead next Tuesday in the General Affairs Council, after the government, as a rotating EU presidency, approved the proposal, debate and adoption of co- Spanish has been included as an official language of the EU.

The measure requires unanimity and the Swedish government has expressed doubts about it. “We believe it is necessary to further examine the legal and financial implications of the proposal. “There are many minority languages ​​that are not official languages ​​in the EU,” he emphasized in a statement.

There are currently 24 languages ​​in the EU and all are official state languages ​​in the member states. The last language accepted by the EU was Gaelic, which became an official language “for all purposes” in 2007, but its implementation did not occur until 2022.

The doubts of the Nordic country are the first jet of cold water that the government receives on the path to obtaining the official status of the co-official languages, in which it is making great efforts, as shown by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, José Manuel Albares. , who will defend the initiative at the meeting next Tuesday, the outcome of which Junts attaches great importance to in the negotiations on investiture.

In addition, the groups supporting the coalition government are working on a “Plan B” by promoting the inclusion of Catalan, Basque and Galician languages ​​in the European Parliament. The matter was activated a year after Albares requested it in a letter to President Roberta Metsola, who had kept the matter in a drawer – agreed at the dialogue table between governments. Socialists and Greens (where one is represented by Sumar, the Comuns as well as ERC and PNV) defended the matter vehemently at the meeting of the Office – what would be the congress table in Spain – in addition to The Left (where another part of Sumar is with IU and Podemos), but the topic was left out stand by due to the reluctance of the right, also with a view to what the 27 will decide at the meeting next Tuesday.

Beyond the official status of a Catalan, Puigdemont noted the amnesty as a “prerequisite” for Sánchez’s investiture, as well as the acceptance of a rapporteur as mediator and verifier of the negotiations, which would have a second phase after the start of the legislative period. in which the independence movement would fight for the right to self-determination.

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