Ticino Sentence, Giorgio Pagano: “Italian is better protected in Switzerland than it is in Italy or in the EU”
Statement by Giorgio pagano
“Italian is better protected in Switzerland than it is in Italy or in the EU,” states ERA’s secretary, Giorgio Pagano.
“It’s shocking to learn that, while our language becomes excluded in the EU patents, and, thanks to Gelmini, we won’t be able to teach in Italy unless we have a B2 Eglish Certificate, in Ticino, on the other hand, a teacher’s appeal has been accepted after he was refused from an internship due to his lack of knowledge in two other national languages.”
The linguistic requirements clause is considered ‘discriminatory’ by the Tribunal: a term that we hardly use when we talk about the language department, given that, as what happened in the EU Patents case, we discriminate ourselves and ask others to speak only English," comments Giorgio Pagano. “Look at Switzerland, where trilinguism is national, if linguistic democracy is respected we should look at our on own linguistic policy on both a national and European level,” Pagano concluded.