Saturday, July 15

The billion euro bable

by Dr Richard North
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The annual interpreting and translation bill for the European Union is set to reach the magic figure of €1bn a year.
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This comes with the addition of new translation and interpretation rights for the Irish language, costing the European Parliament alone more than €677,000 next year, creating an unprecedented "tower of babel".
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From 2007, MEPs will be able to speak in the chamber of the European Parliament in the Irish language with interpretation, though no more than five Euro-MPs have the fluency to do so.
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Meanwhile, Catalans and Basques who, so far, have been unable to get the same deal as the Irish because they qualify as official languages only in parts of Spain and not throughout the country, have won more limited language rights. Welsh speakers, however, are stepping up demands for recognition of their native tongue.
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Irish Fianna Fail MEP, Sean O Neachtain - a native Irish speaker – is unapologetic about dumping more costs on the taxpayers of the contributing countries. He argues: "The Irish language is a declared national language. Nobody should begrudge us this opportunity because the Irish language is in the process of revival."But then he isn't paying out of his own pocket for the extravaganza and, as long as his country is a net beneficiary, neither will his own taxpayers.
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Perhaps though, if he is a good Catholic, O Neachtain might revisit Genesis 11:1-9. The last time the peoples of the earth tried to built an edifice that reached to the heavens, the Lord descended to see the city and the tower that the sons of man had built, and scattered them from there upon the face of the entire earth. Another descent is well overdue.

2 comments:

Esperanto is the solution said...

A world where everyone understands one another is a better world

A more just system would save the EU at least € 25 billion annually!

Kelly said...

Sorry not a fan of experanto. It seems to lead to MORE misunderstanding than it solves and that is just in the limited amount of use that I know about. Which is miniscule.

You are right that it would be a better world if we understood one another but I don't feel that language is truly the barrier in that.

How long has the UN stood and not solved any really major problems. I personally would like to see them move from my country to another country. Howabout, Geneva for a new location or maybe somewhere in France. They are wanting a new building because the "old" one is quite right for them now. But American's are the only ones that would be footing the bill for this as it is a structure in the US.

Well, this is one taxpayer who would like to see them leave US soil. I am tired of diplomats and their families and their entourages using their diplomatic immunity to, quite frankly, get away with murder among lesser crimes. The US embassy is having a fit in London over the parking taxes that are being levied against them there. (That issue I think needs to be addressed also lol but later) But similar charges, fees and even tickets are being ignored on the part of some UN officials. Although I don't know of any on the part of the UK/British but I will double check that. I think the UN have served their purpose and now are just a bureaucracy, red tape and another tower of babel.

I wish them luck, just somewhere else. As for the EU, it is just another group of people who have decided on their own that hey know what is good for everyone else and are trying to make everyone else do what they want to do. Whether they want to or not.

I would think that if you were part of the EU and had votes that you should be able to understand and be understood.

Just out of curiosity, how many people ACTUALLY do understand and use Esperanto? and How long would it take for everyone involved or who might be involved in the future to learn it? and at what cost?