There may well be some members of far-right VOX sulking in the corner today, as their manifesto wants to outlaw co-languages in Spain, but from today, parliamentarians are free to use their choice of official languages when presenting their cases.
Although negotiations are ongoing regarding the composition of the full Government of Spain, the caretaker administration has permitted the co-official languages, technically from Thursday, but allowed from today, which will accept languages such as Catalan, Basque and Galician to be used.
PSOE and Sumar have sought the fastest formula to move the reform forward. It has been so fast that as of Friday, they were still trying to work out how to pay for translators and official material.
Aragonese was also spoken for the first time at a press conference, a language commonly used by some 12,000 people according to the most recent data, and by 50,000 people passively. Starting this week there will be freedom to speak the language that everyone wants.
This measure has been categorically rejected by the Partido Popular. Spokesperson Cuca Gamarra said that “it is an imposition” and that “it does not have any type of consensus.” The spokesperson for the Socialist Group, Patxi López, responded, alleging that they call “everything they don’t like” an imposition.
Also last week, the inclusion of Catalan, Galician and Basque as official languages of the European Union (EU) was also discussed in Brussels. Several countries, such as Sweden, remain reluctant. It is being discussed in the European Parliament.