strasbourg - The European Parliament in Strasbourg is holding short speeches in minority languages on Monday evening, but the interpreters are not allowed to translate. The rules only provide translation of the 24 official EU languages and parliamentary chairman Tajani does not want to deviate from that, he writes in a letter to the initiators.
'Sorry,' Annie Schreijer-Pierik (CDA) told her spokesman. She would speak in the Twents for a minute, but look forward to it. The politicians wanted to plead for simplification of subsidies for regional language projects.
Jan Huitema (VVD) holds a speech in the Friesian language. 'Now I'll do it, but no translation,' he says to Frisian media. Makkinga's liberal suspects that Spanish-Catalan tensions play a part. Catalonia is based on independence.
The initiative addresses the European Convention on Regional and Minority Languages, adopted 25 years ago. Tajani writes 'linguistic diversity' to support.