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European parliament, English not official language after Brexit

English not an official language after Brexit

European parliament, English not official language after Brexit

European parliament hemicycle in Strasbourg / Image credit: Wikipedia

English not official language, MEP warns

According to a senior MEP, English will not be an official EU language after Brexit.

English could lose its status as an official language as apparently no other EU country has English listed as an official language.

Onced Britain leaves the EU, English will be stripped of its status warned Danuta Hübner. Hübner, an economist, is head of the European Parliament’s Constitutional Affairs Committee (AFCO).

There are 24 official languages in the EU; the UK identified English as it own official language while Ireland notified Irish and Malta notified Maltese. Both countries also list English as their second official language. However, when Ireland and Malta joined the EU English was already an official language. Therefore both nations opted to list their other official languages instead.

We have a regulation … where every EU country has the right to notify one official language. The Irish have notified Gaelic, and the Maltese have notified Maltese, so you have only the UK notifying English.

Even though English may be removed as an official language, “English is one of the working languages in the European institutions, Hübner commented, adding: “it’s actually the dominating language.” It’s one of the most frequently used by EU civil servants.

If they want to keep English as an official language, the remaining countries would have vote to keep its status unanimously, Hübner noted.

EU Regulations

However, an EU source explained that the regulations governing official languages are themselves subject to more than one translation.

A regulation from 1958 regarding the official languages of the EU, was originally written in French and does not clearly state whether a member country, i.e. Ireland or Malta, can have more than one official language.

Interpretations of the French wording of this body of text concludes that this might be possible, whereas the English version says otherwise.

The regulation 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.”

According to reports from the Wall Street Journal, ‘the Commission has already started using French and German more often in its external communications’, after the UK voted to leave the EU last Thursday.

The STAR Team

Source: Politico EU

What is the IMI System and SOLVIT?

European Union Flag, IMI System and SOLVIT

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The IMI System and SOLVIT

The European Union along with the wider European Economic Area is becoming more integrated.

This is good news for those who wish to travel within the EU and the EEA on professional grounds. The EEA consists of all EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. This means that those countries not in the EU can perform business operations with pretty much all the rights as those countries that are members of the European Union.

This closely integrated Europe has set up two services: the IMI System and SOLVIT

What is the IMI (Internal Market Information) System?

IMI is designed to help European administrations get answers to questions such as, “I have asked my Norwegian colleagues if an electrician who is providing his services here is established in Norway. When can I expect a reply?”

And “an Estonian baker would like to open a bakery in our region. How can I find out if he has the required professional experience?”

This system is an online multilingual tool that aids such administrations, companies and individuals in their co-operation with each other. It also makes for a speedier and more convenient service helping reduce costs caused by delays. Citizens and businesses alike can benefit from the IMI system, making most of the possibilities of the single market. You can visit the IMI official website.

What is SOLVIT?

SOLVIT is problem-solving service, user-friendly and free-of-charge to all European Union citizens and EEA citizens as well. For EU citizens, living, working or studying in any EU country of your choice is a basic EU right. This is also the same for all businesses and emerging enterprises: they can establish, provide their services and do business throughout the EU.

As one can expect, certain problems arise for those working and studying in another EU country apart from their own. This is where SOLVIT comes into play. If one encounters such difficulties in the European market, they can visit the Your Europe portal on europa.eu/youreurope.

Real-world examples of successful SOLVIT stories

A Polish national had his Irish engineering qualifications recognised in Poland, thanks for SOLVIT’s intervention.

A Turkish national wanted to be present with his Danish wife in Germany, where she was about to give birth but he was not granted a visa for travel there. SOLVIT intervened and resolved the issue: the man was granted a visa for Germany by the German authorities who issued a certificate attesting the couple’s financial situation, which was needed by the German consulate in Istanbul to issue the said visa.

SOLVIT can help

Citizens

  • Residence rights
  • Recognition of professional qualifications
  • Motor vehicle registration
  • Employment rights
  • Social security
  • Taxation
  • Driving licences
  • et cetera

Businesses

  • Market access for products
  • Provision of services
  • Establishment as self-employed
  • Public procurement
  • VAT reimbursement
  • Free movement of capital
  • Border controls
  • et cetera

EUGO

Points Of Single Contact in Europe: doing business made easier.

If you are thinking of starting a business or expanding an existing one and you want to know what rules and regulations you have to comply with, then below is a list of each European countries’ corresponding URLs.

From these sites, you have access to all the necessary information known as a point of single contact.

Country Corresponding PSC Web site
Austria www.eap.gv.at
Belgium www.business.belgium.be
Bulgaria www.egov.bg
Cyprus www.businessincyprus.cy
Czech Republic www.businessinfo.cz
Denmark www.businessindenmark.dk
Estonia www.eesti.ee
Finland www.enterprisefinland.fi
France www.guichat-enterprises.fr
Germany www.diensleisten-leicht-gemacht.de
Greece www.ermis.gov.gr
Hungary www.magyarorszag.hu
Iceland www.island.is/EUGO
Ireland Point of Single Contact
Italy Impresainungiorno
Latvia www.latvija.lv
<>Liechtenstein www.eu-go.li
Lithuania www.verslovartai.lt
Luxembourg www.guichat.public.lu
Malta www.businessfirst.com.mt
Netherlands www.antwoordvoorbedrijven.nl
Norway www.altinn.no
Poland www.eu-go.gov.pl
Portugal www.portaldocidadao.pt
Romania www.edirect.gov.ro
Slovakia www.eu-go.sk
Slovenia www.eugo.gov.si
Spain www.eugo.es
Sweden www.verksamt.se/eugo
United Kingdom www.gov.uk/ukwelcomes

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