The president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, is considering making Catalan an official language that could be used normally in the Parliament. Essentially, it depends only on his will to make it possible, taking into consideration that a year ago it was he who opened the door to this possibility. The president of the Plataforma per la Llengua, Òscar Escuder, along with 21 other Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), reminded Tajani of this fact, explaining in a letter that Article 158 of the Rules of Procedure allows him to make this decision.
The new text arrives one year after Tajani, while he was running for President of the Chamber, promised that he "would not put any obstacle in the way of its approval (the approval of the use of the Catalan language in the European Parliament) and that he would do everything in his power to make sure it was approved as soon as possible" if this petition was introduced "by the national authorities to the Parliament." However, the new letter reminds him that "no request from the Spanish government is necessary" in order "not to obstruct the use of co-official languages when it is possible." Furthermore, the NGO of the Catalan language explains to Tajani that "this measure would not imply more costs for the budget since many interpreters of Spanish also have fluency in Catalan."
Along with the six Catalan MEPs that already presented this petition to Tajani in January of 2017, this letter also includes the signatures of fifteen more socialist, popular, liberal, green, and unitary leftist Members from various countries.