The European Commission said on Friday (15 January) that it would not propose new laws in response to a petition demanding a protection package for national minorities that garnered 1.1 million signatures across the EU.
There is still one week left to collect signatures for the European Citizen’s Initiative, which aims to introduce common EU standards to protect national minority groups. EURACTIV Poland’s media partner “Gazeta Wyborcza” reports.
The EU has changed the language requirements for its recruitment process. Prospective candidates will now have a wider choice and no longer be limited to just English, French or German during the selection procedure.
Despite the EU executive's efforts to hire a more multilingual and diverse team for its spokespersons' service, critics condemn the "dangerous" trend in the European institutions towards the linguistic and cultural hegemony of the English language.
The three French-speaking mayors who have been prevented by Flemish authorities from taking their duties in the Brussels surrounding area following their election in 2006, have been encouraged to take their issue to court.
Language diversity should be seen as an opportunity that European businesses can exploit rather than an obstacle, Multilingualism Commissioner Leonard Orban announced at a conference in Brussels on 21 September.