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Croatian to become 24th official EU language

Croatian Times

The Croatian language will become the 24th official European Union language once the country enters the EU.

Croatian citizens will be able to write to the EU institutions in Croatian and receive answers in their mother tongue.

There have been no negotiations on this procedure as European legislation is clear: an official language of a member state is at the same time one of the official languages of the Union, equal to all others.

Although some European diplomats have insisted on having "Serbo-Croatian" language as the language for all west Balkan states once they enter the EU, as a money saving measure, their suggestions have been deemed unacceptable, and not coherent with the EU acquis.

Still, with 23 official EU langauges, there are 506 possible combinations. When it comes to conferences and translations, mutually understandable languages are often not translated.

It is thus unlikely that a future speech made in Montenegrin will be translated into Croatian, the daily Vecernji List writes.

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