The PSOE opens to assess for the first time the incorporation of the use of co-official languages in Congress

"For us, the topic of language is an ultrasensible issue, the government must understand it and I have the perception that the government is conscious." The

The PSOE opens to assess for the first time the incorporation of the use of co-official languages in Congress

"For us, the topic of language is an ultrasensible issue, the government must understand it and I have the perception that the government is conscious." The reflection of Ferran Bel, deputy of the PDECAT, summarizes how nationalists are willing to make language, increased the use of Catalan, a Casus Belli. Not only requiring the draft audiovisual bill to be changed to introduce the obligatory nature that platforms such as Netflix, HBO ... must produce a minimum quota in Catalan, but want to extend the use of co-official languages in general cuts, to the detriment of Spanish. And the PSOE says it is open to study this possibility.

The linguistic wick has been revived in the Senate, where the PSOE gave its support to a Junts initiative to extend the use of co-official languages to all parliamentary activity (fullness, commissions, records ...) and not just use them in the Discussions of motions as up to now. Make a total use of these languages, subtracting space and fee to Spanish. This decision would be a cost of almost one million euros in translator services.

After achieving this dimension, the Catalan nationalists put the focus on Congress. Both Junts and PDecat have verbalized their purpose of presenting an equal initiative in the Congress, by the hand of the Catalan Independentistas Parties (ERC and CUP), and also add the PNV, Eh Bildu or BNG.

In front of this new linguistic entertainment, the PSOE does not close the door. It is prepared to study the initiative, after supporting an equal in the Senate.

"Evidently what has been approved in the Senate We are willing to value it in Congress. We will see how it is developed here in its parliamentary process, "Héctor Gómez, parliamentary spokesman of the PSOE has exposed. The socialist leader has added that the formation of him will move "always within the framework of respect for languages, respecting the constitutional framework."

These statements have evidences an entanglement in the Socialists, since since the party they wanted to qualify or clarify that "has to be fulfilled with the languages, which marks the Constitution and therefore the use of Spanish in Congress", trying to lower the scope of What was expressed by his spokesman, whose response to being questioned about it was quite clear.

From the United States we can not evil this initiative either.

In Congress, the use of co-official languages is only allowed for expressions and punctual appointments. Extending the total use of cooperative languages in the lower chamber would oblige translators, which would imply an important economic cost.

It is not the first time that nationalist formations want to promote from Congress initiatives that Restish fee of Spanish to give it to the co-official languages. At the end of last year, along with United Can we, they registered an initiative that requested the Government to put an end to the exclusive legal imposition of Spanish in state regulations. " The text demanded, among other things, equals the co-official languages to Spanish so that "enjoy the same rights and duties" and require officials to learn them so that they "provide services in territories with their own language". Finally, this request did not go ahead because the PSOE rejected it, adding its votes from the PP, Vox and citizens.

Precisely these three formations censure this pretension of nationalists. "Here is an official language that is what we speak of the 350 deputies," said Cuca Gamarra, spokesman for the PP. In the opinion of him, the Government what has to do is "guarantee the use of Spanish in Catalonia and Balearic Islands" and not "cede" on issues like this.

Vox is also against subtracting fee to Spanish: "All co-official languages are very respectable, but the common language, with which we all understand, should be the official language," said Ivan Espinosa de los Monteros. For CS, the PSOE «leaves a lot to be desired» in regards to the language after supporting that Spanish loses space in the Senate.

Updated Date: 23 September 2021, 15:17

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