Contributions to the Annual Conference 2013 of EFNIL in Vilnius
Edited By Gerhard Stickel (EFNIL)
Gintaras Morkūnas – (Directorate General of Interpretation and Conferences of the European Parliament) Welcome address
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The European Parliament differs from the other EU institutions through its obligation to ensure the highest possible degree of multilingualism. Article 146 of the Rules of Procedure stipulates that “all Members shall have the right to speak in Parliament in the official language of their choice”. This provision is of capital importance for multilingualism. In the first place, it allows Members to speak their mother tongue. This is totally understandable: Speaking one’s mother tongue enables one to express oneself in the most eloquent way possible.
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