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Source: European Parliament

The Commission has recently launched a public consultation in relation to the amendment of Regulation (EU) No 978/2012 concerning generalised tariff preferences, which is due to expire in December 2023. The public consultation instrument enables EU citizens and stakeholders to participate directly in the framing of EU policies. However, in order to improve the quality, effectiveness and transparency of that instrument, it needs to be user-friendly for all those who would like to make a contribution, possibly in their mother tongue. And yet, once again, one of the fundamental principles of the EU – multilingualism – continues to be ignored, thereby de facto legitimising trilingualism (EN, FR, DE). This language cartel raises not only issues relating to identity and culture, but also affects important aspects of the economic and production system, in which small and medium-sized businesses are key stakeholders.

This discrimination does not concern only the consultation referred to above, but a whole range of acts which will have a major impact on the policies of the Union. In view of the above, how does the Commission intend to remedy the worsening situation of mistrust on the part of EU citizens vis-à-vis the EU institutions, and how will it take on the commitment to defend multilingualism in Europe, especially with regard to certain countries, such as Italy, which are among the founding members of the European Union?

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