Tuesday, January 20, 2004

EBLUL Defends Euskara

Today at Berria English:

EBLUL says curbs on Basque language "totally unacceptable"

The situation in Navarre is "extremely worrying" for the European Bureau of Little Used Languages. It will be submitting its report to the European Council today; yesterday it was at the Parliament and Education Department of Navarre

Alberto Barandiaran – IRUNEA (Pamplona)

According to the report of the EBLUL, the European Bureau of Little Used Languages, presented in the Navarrese Parliament and Education Department yesterday, the status of the Basque language (Euskara) in Navarre could be comparable with that of a ghetto. The advisory body to the United Nations Organisation and the European Council believes that the situation of the language in the territory is "extremely worrying" and that the steps backwards taken in the last few years are "totally unacceptable" in Europe.

The EBLUL completed its report after analysing the situation in Navarre, and the organisation’s representative, Aureli Argemi, is scheduled to submit it today to the European Council itself. A group of experts from the Council will in fact be visiting Navarre next month to gather information and then put together its own report. The report will decide whether the Spanish State is complying with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, which the country ratified in 2001.
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