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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.

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Source: Politico EU

Countries Languages Quiz 2015

Countries and Languages Quiz

Countries and Languages Quiz, name the countries

Name the four countries whose flags are represented above.

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We want to know how much you know about languages and the countries that speak said languages. Above there are four countries. Can you name them and their respective languages?

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European Flags Quiz — Countries and their Languages

European Flags Quiz

We have a quick quiz for you to test your knowledge on European countries and their languages.

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Out of 9, from left to right, top to bottom, name the countries’ flags and their respective languages.

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Name the European Country and its Language

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Euro 2012 Football Phrases

Free Euro 2012 Football phrases

Euro 2012 Football phrases in 14 languages

Learn how to say handball in Polish before going to the football match!

To support the Irish football team in Euro 2012, we created a Football Phrasebook to help you say handball and other phrases like he dived in 14 languages. This is the chance for our supporters to speak some Polish, Ukrainian or even Dutch football phrases. We have translated the most useful football phrases from English into the languages of the countries taking part in the Euro 2012 Championship.

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You will find more free football-related translations here. The languages included are Czech, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.

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