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THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ALLOWS THE WRITTEN COMMUNICATION OF CITIZENS IN BASQUE, CATALAN AND GALICIAN (Avui / Vilaweb)

June/July 2006 – The European Parliament’s Bureau has approved a proposal by the Spanish State to allow citizens to address the Euro chamber in Basque, Catalan and Galician, two month after its initial rejection.

The result of the vote of the Bureau, which is made up by the President of the European Parliament and the 14 Vice-presidents, resulted in a draw of 7 to 7. The quality vote of the President, the socialist Josep Borrell, decided the final result in favour of the proposal. The European People’s Party (EPP) representatives voted in bloc against the proposal in contrast with the vote in favour by all the other political parties.

Moreover, the former proposal, presented on the 26th of April of this year, included also the possibility for MEPs to use these languages in the Plenum. Nevertheless, the President Borrell, pressured by the strong opposition form the populars, decided to exclude this matter from the Bureau’s agenda, limiting the proposal to the relations between the citizens and the Parliament.

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