Or if you prefer: welcome. In a move which is to go into effect Jan. 1, 2007, Gaelic is to become an official EU language. After that any Irish representative will be free to speak in the language at EU ministerial meetings or in the European Parliament. The downside: spiralling translation costs. Translation costs for the EU’s 20 official languages are already set to pass $1 billion following the entry in 2004 of the 10 new accession members..
Meantime the European Union also granted semiofficial status today to three more of Spain’s national languages: Basque, Catalan and Galician :).