Esperanto or Ido should be endorsed by the EU sign now

A study of the current linguistic situation in Europe, taking into account the imminent expansion of the European Union, highlights the importance for Europe, and indeed for the whole world, of genuine linguistic equality and the protection of linguistic diversity.

We hereby express our complete commitment to these principles of linguistic equality and the preservation of linguistic diversity, as expressed in various national, international and European Union treaties and basic legislation; and specifically in the Conclusions of the Council of Ministers on the 12th of June 1995, concerning linguistic diversity and multilingualism in the European Union, reaffirmed in January 2002.

However, we have to recognise that linguistic discrimination and inequality have become more acute in recent years, despite the praiseworthy intentions expressed in these various agreements and laws. Furthermore, we observe that there is a growing trend amongst Europeans, not only to accept the idea that English is already the common language of Europe, but to invest large amounts of time and money in learning English. Despite this investment, citizens of the EU whose mother tongue is English clearly have an overwhelming advantage when it comes to acquiring positions in European organisations and companies. This kind of inequality and injustice, and consequent impairment of democracy, is unacceptable as a background to the construction of a united Europe.

Therefore, although we do indeed recognise the importance, in many situations, of learning national languages, we maintain that for the majority of citizens it would be extremely useful to have a common language which would be relatively easy to learn and which would not discriminate against anyone.

We are firmly of the opinion, based on experience acquired over more than a hundred years, that a neutral, planned language, such as Esperanto or Ido, could provide a realistic starting point for facilitating communication between Europeans on a basis of equality.

We invite the European Commission, and the European Parilament, to live up to the desire expressed in the Conclusion of the Council of Ministers concerning Linguistic Diversity and Multilingualism as soon as possible, and to set up a permanent committee, made up of national representatives, experts and politicians, who could explore all the options, including the proposal regarding the international language, Esperanto (and its derivative - Ido), and could organise experiments relevant to these aims.

We maintain that the principle of genuine equal rights, including linguistic equality, amongst all citizens of the EU, which is realistically attainable, must be written into the text of the constitution, and should be implemented as soon as possible.

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