Focussed on the neighbourhoods of Sants, Gràcia, Sant Andreu, Barceloneta and Born Sud, and Dreta de l'Eixample, this guide, by Plataforma per la Llengua, the Catalan-language NGO, aims to show a side of Barcelona that is far away from the tourist mainstream. More info about "BCN Off Track: an alternative tourist guide to Barcelona by Plataforma per la Llengua"
The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages celebrated its 20th anniversary at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg with a two day high level conference from June 18th to 19th with State representatives, NGOs and experts in attendance. More info about "ELEN proposes new measures to improve implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages"
The NGO of the Catalan language asks the Spanish government to refrain from promoting Spanish exclusively and neglecting the rest of the traditional languages of the state More info about "Plataforma per la Llengua complains that Sanchez’s government only works for culture in Spanish"
The NGO of the Catalan Language notes that the European Parliament only accepts petitions written in its official languages and that Catalan MEP's can't use Catalan in the European Chamber More info about "Josep Borrell lies about use of the Catalan language by European institutions"
The Non -Governmental Organization (NGO) of the Catalan language becomes part of the Executive Committee of the NPLD as a substitute member More info about "Plataforma per la Llengua participates in the Assembly of the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD)"
Less than 2% of public sector positions offered by the Spanish government in territories where Catalan is the official language value its use, and none of the 33,167 positions require proficiency in the language as a prerequisite for the job. More info about "Catalan language skills not needed in order to become a Spanish government employee in territories where the language is spoken"
Most of last year's new regulations compel the exclusive use of the Spanish language in documents to be presented to the Administration. Since 2014, 297 regulations have been approved that discriminate against the Catalan language. More info about "93 regulations approved in 2017 impose Spanish over other languages"
Plataforma per la Llengua has actively participated in the collection of signatures for the initiative and considers the measures proposed in it as a step forward for the juridical situation of Catalan language in the EU. However, the head of international relations for the organization, Marga Payola, pointed out that "the Catalan language, with 10 million speakers, is the fourteenth most spoken language in the European Union, which means that the only acceptable legal status for the language is complete official status within the EU." More info about "More than 1.200.000 signatures for the protection of European minoritized languages"
Increasingly more and more Members of the European Parliament are supporting the normalization of the use of the fourteenth European language in number of speakers in the Chamber, a measure that would not generate any additional costs More info about "21 Members of the European Parliament insist that it depends only on Tajani to make it possible to speak Catalan in the European Parliament"
Citizens should be treated by member states equally regardless of language, says president of Plataforma per la Llengua (by ACN Barcelona) More info about "European Citizens' Initiative aims to make Catalan official in EU"