en News - Plataforma per la Llengua News Wed, 19 Jun 2024 11:14:13 +0200 Wed, 19 Jun 2024 11:14:13 +0200 Houdini 2 (http://houdini.antaviana.cat/) https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies Plataforma per la Llengua calls on the Spanish government to use the EU negotiations to get the Member States to recognise Catalan as an official language

The organisation emphasises that the distribution of senior positions is a bargaining space that can be used for making Catalan official

The Spanish government holds the key to unblocking the situation and has failed to keep its promise, notes Plataforma per la Llengua

The organisation calls for the official status of Catalan to be put to a vote, regardless of the opinion of the EU Council's legal services

Wed, 19 Jun 2024 11:14:13 +0200 https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/115/plataforma-per-la-llengua-calls-on-the-spanish-government-to-use-the-eu-negotiations-to-get-the-member-states-to-recognise-catalan-as-an-official-language https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/115
We condemn the political use of the Spanish justice system against schools in Catalan at a conference of the European network ELEN

Marc Guevara, head of Education and Universities of Plataforma per la Lengua, describes the court decisions against the Catalan language school in Catalonia as a "strategy orchestrated by the Spanish State to wear down Catalan schools and to question the vehicularity of our language"

The international conference "Protecting Education in Minoritised Languages, Strengthening Language Rights: How to Progress?" took place at the headquarters of the Institut d'Estudis Catalans and was attended by representatives of the Council of Europe and the UN

Tue, 18 Jun 2024 11:29:16 +0200 https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/114/we-condemn-the-political-use-of-the-spanish-justice-system-against-schools-in-catalan-at-a-conference-of-the-european-network-elen https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/114
Plataforma per la Llengua obtains consultative status with a UN body

Starting this June, Plataforma per la Llengua has achieved special consultative status with the UN's Economic and Social Council, one of its six main bodies

With this recognition, the organisation will be able to access UN facilities, give advice, and participate in the events of the body that coordinates the IMF, WHO, UNESCO and the ILO

Plataforma per la Llengua believes that this status will give greater political weight to the protection of the rights of Catalan-speakers and allow it to establish more international alliances

Wed, 12 Jun 2024 14:19:43 +0200 https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/113/plataforma-per-la-llengua-obtains-consultative-status-with-a-un-body https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/113
We condemn the persecution of Catalan in schools at a meeting of the education group of the European FUEN network in Finland

Marc Guevara, operational head of the Education and Universities section for Plataforma per la Llengua, shares details of the judicial and political persecution of Catalan in schools in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and the Valencian region with representatives of language minorities from all over Europe

This sixth annual meeting was useful for finding out about the education system for the Swedish-speaking minority in Finland and for sharing challenges and good practices in primary schools for speakers of minority languages 

Mon, 22 Apr 2024 13:15:01 +0200 https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/112/we-condemn-the-persecution-of-catalan-in-schools-at-a-meeting-of-the-education-group-of-the-european-fuen-network-in-finland https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/112
"El català és negoci" adds English language to help foreign companies adapt to language regulations

This campaign aims at helping and guiding companies so that they comply with current regulations and become linguistically responsible

In 2023, Plataforma per la Llengua managed to get more than forty companies to include Catalan language in their activity

Mon, 08 Apr 2024 09:21:19 +0200 https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/111/el-catala-es-negoci-adds-english-language-to-help-foreign-companies-adapt-to-language-regulations https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/111
The committee chaired by Dolors Montserrat in the European Parliament promotes the views of Spanish nationalists against immersion following the visit of MEPs

The draft report prepared by the Committee on Petitions, following the visit of MEPs to Barcelona to evaluate the language immersion programme, spreads misleading arguments against Catalan language schools.

Plataforma per la Llengua is concerned that the Committee on Petitions, despite being outside its remit, is using public resources to make recommendations for the expansion of the use of Spanish and is embracing the lies of Spanish nationalism.

The entity regards as very serious the declarations made by Jesús María Barrientos, who stated that the families who have taken immersion to court suffer "harassment" and are victims of "xenophobia" 

The Committee on Petitions wants to send the report to the Constitutional Court to encourage it to take a position against the law proposed by the Generalitat that sought to circumvent the 25% compulsory use of Spanish in the classroom

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 15:11:10 +0100 https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/110/the-committee-chaired-by-dolors-montserrat-in-the-european-parliament-promotes-the-views-of-spanish-nationalists-against-immersion-following-the-visit-of-meps https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/110
Plataforma per la Llengua meets with the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Plataforma per la Llengua, together with other organisations advocating for the Catalan language, met on the 15th and 16th of January in Barcelona with the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (CEDM) to analyse the Spanish State's compliance with the commitments it ratified in 2001

The main topics discussed were the lack of use of Catalan in the justice system, the linguistic rights of Catalan speakers when dealing with public administrations, and the setbacks in the use of Catalan in Valencian and Catalan schools

The Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe has already received a fifty-page report, coordinated by Plataforma per la Llengua, detailing all the violations committed by the ECRML in recent years 

Wed, 17 Jan 2024 15:27:47 +0100 https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/109/plataforma-per-la-llengua-meets-with-the-committee-of-experts-of-the-european-charter-for-regional-or-minority-languages https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/109
UN expresses concern about the situation of Catalan in schools and calls for a review of the rulings against immersion made by the High Court of Justice of Catalonia

The UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues has called on the Spanish State to make a statement on the compatibility of the decisions of the High Court of Justice of Catalonia with international law, the human rights instruments ratified by the state, and the limitations imposed on the language immersion model.

Fernand de Varennes called on the Spanish government to respond within 60 days, but now that the deadline has passed, there is no record of any response from the state. Any response will have to be sent to the new rapporteur, the Swiss Nicolas Levrat.

This is the response of the United Nations to seven organisations, among them Plataforma per la Llengua. These organisations have come together to inform the rapporteur of the legal campaign to impose Spanish as the lingua franca of the Catalan education system.

Wed, 13 Dec 2023 15:43:10 +0100 https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/107/un-expresses-concern-about-the-situation-of-catalan-in-schools-and-calls-for-a-review-of-the-rulings-against-immersion-made-by-the-high-court-of-justice-of-catalonia https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/107
An international legal report confirms the legality of making Catalan official in the EU

Plataforma per la Lengua has released a legal report with the participation of EU law professors from King's College London and the University of Birmingham

Academics Karen McAuliffe and Takis Tridimas have criticised the EU Council's restrictive position in 2004 on a request to grant Catalan semi-official status.

The report analyses the main points surrounding the legal issue and warns of the negative consequences of a hypothetical unfavourable response

The organisation will meet with the first of several embassies in Madrid tomorrow to present its report

Tue, 16 Jan 2024 12:20:58 +0100 https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/108/an-international-legal-report-confirms-the-legality-of-making-catalan-official-in-the-eu https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/108
We ask the UN to work to protect health care patients' right to be dealt with in Catalan

Òscar-Adrià Ibàñez, head of the International Affairs, and Language Rights and Public Authorities departments at Platform per la Llengua, asked the UN special rapporteur for Minorities, Nicolas Levrat, to intervene to guarantee the language rights of Catalan-speakers at health centres 

The organisation's representative pointed out that the use of Catalan with doctors has fallen in Catalonia from 47% to 39% in the last 15 years and that the health care system is the area where most language discrimination is recorded in Catalonia, the Valencian region and the Balearic Islands 

According to research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), dealing with patients in their own language improves their medical prognosis  

Mon, 11 Dec 2023 12:53:07 +0100 https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/106/we-ask-the-un-to-work-to-protect-health-care-patients-right-to-be-dealt-with-in-catalan https://www.plataforma-llengua.cat/que-fem/en_noticies/106