ENGLISH AS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

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INNOVATION

Nominating the English language as the official language of the European Union.
Ref. SP-EOL_5X20

PROBLEM

Today’s agreement in the EU where the 24 languages of the European Union are treated as 24 official languages may be observed at least as a difficult and inconvenient. Although the motive is noble and appreciated, the difficulties coming from the practical perspective simply don’t justify that. Adding on, the high costs of languages translation only is more than a good reason for the change.

SOLUTION

Considering the existing situation, and particularly with the fact that the UK is leaving the EU, the nominating the English language as the official language of the EU has become duly reasonable because it is neutral, belonging to none of the member states.

MODUS

Nominating the English language as the official language of the EU would need comprehensive scientific research, performed in all member states which would give information on the existing willingness to accept the change. Based on the results, the public discussion could raise the readiness for accepting the proposed change, and the EU parliament might get approval for making formal voting for the language change.

DIFFERENCES TO EXISTING PRACTICE

The discussion on one EU official language has been present for a long time. Lately, due to all difficulties in EU institutions, it became more current. Even in 2017 the former Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti had called for English to become a main official language, but the opposition was mainly supported by other most powerful member states as the inappropriate solution. Today, when the UK stopping to be the member state, the English language may be an optimal solution for the official language.

FOLLOWING MEASURES

As a further step, funding is needed for comprehensive public opinion research which would include all EU members on the subject matter.

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