The Government defends before Vox Feijóo’s decision to demand Galician in Xunta exams

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MADRID, May 1. (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Government has defended before Vox the linguistic policy carried out by the ‘popular’ Alberto Núñez Feijóo in the Xunta by requiring Galician in official community exams and considers it “justified” that knowledge of both languages ​​is required.

This is the Executive’s response to questions from a group of Vox deputies who reproached the current president of the PP for having demanded from the Xunta a test of Galician as a requirement to obtain the title of administrative manager in the community. For those of Santiago Abascal, this type of measure supposes an impairment of Castilian, for which they demanded measures from Madrid.

In a letter collected by Europa Press, the Government of PSOE and Podemos highlights that the Constitution itself establishes that “the wealth of the different linguistic modalities of Spain is a cultural heritage that will be the object of special respect and protection.”

As he recalls, Galicia has recognized Galician as co-official and that implies “a series of linguistic rights in favor of citizenship, with its corresponding legal obligation for public powers.”

KNOWLEDGE IS ESSENTIAL WHEN SERVING THE PUBLIC

And furthermore, Spain “has assumed international commitments regarding the protection of regional and minority languages”, one of which is to ensure that the administrative authorities use them and use them in their documents.

“From the legal system itself, it is inferred, therefore, the existence of linguistic rights of citizens, which the public authorities must be in a position to guarantee,” he stresses. public, especially in those communities with co-official languages ​​and in those positions that, due to their characteristics or functions, knowledge of the language is essential in order to guarantee these rights”.

And he remarks that the Constitutional Court itself has recognized this when ruling that Castilian and Galician must be considered “on equal terms” and produce “identical legal effects”.

THE ONLY LIMIT, NON-DISCRIMINATION

For all these reasons, it concludes that “it is possible to justify the requirement of linguistic knowledge in public calls in the autonomous communities with co-official languages, having in any case the principle of equality and non-discrimination as a limit”.

Of course, he points out that “the requirement of knowledge of the language cannot be disproportionate and unjustified, but based on the characteristics and level of the position in question and always with the aim of guaranteeing the linguistic rights of citizens”.

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