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Rome delighted with EU court win for Italian language

Judges side with Italy on languages used for job announcements

Rome delighted with EU court win for Italian language

Rome, November 27 - Italy feels "great satisfaction" with its court victory Tuesday regarding the languages European Union job announcements are published in, Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi said. Rome was successful in its petition to the European Court of Justice against the publication of job announcements in just three languages - English, French, and German - in the European Union's Official Journal. The court ruled that that practice was discriminatory and that job announcements must be published in all of the 23 languages of the member states. "This is a ruling that Italy welcomes with great satisfaction," Terzi said. "This is an important decision because it... defends the principle of non-discrimination in language in the European Union". The decision came after Italy appealed a 2010 ruling that allowed the EU to publish job announcements only in English, French, and German. Terzi said it was only right to have job announcements in as many languages as exist in the EU. "This judgement is a great recognition of the line that Italy has always supported," he said. In the past, Italy has launched a number of campaigns in defence of the use of the Italian language in European Union procedures and documents. Italy and Spain lost a recent battle against a new EU-wide patent written in French, English, and German.

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