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Second report on the status of minority languages in Spain

On December 11, 2008, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers made public the second report on the status of minority languages in Spain. This report was prepared by a committee of independent experts who monitor the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

The Council of Europe press release specifies that “on the basis of the report, the Committee of Ministers is asking Spain to improve the use of regional or minority languages by judicial staff and within state administration offices.” It adds that “further efforts are needed to protect Asturian, and specific legislation should be adopted for the Aragonese and Catalan languages in Aragon.” The press release ends by encouraging Spanish authorities “to clarify the status of Galician in Castile and León, Portuguese in the town of Olivenza, Berber in the autonomous city of Melilla, and Arabic in the autonomous city of Ceuta, and, working with those who speak these tongues, to take appropriate steps to protect them.”

The full text of the report and Committee of Ministers recommendations can be downloaded from the documents section of the Charter’s website at