Members of the party of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni have introduced a new law punishing Italians for using English or any other foreign language in public communication in an attempt to curb the invasion of foreign languages in Italy.
According to a draft bill, Italians who use foreign languages in official business could face fines of up to €100,000 ($108,705) under the new law. obtained by CNN.
Fabio Lampelli, MP and member of Prime Minister Meloni’s Italian Brotherhood Party, reportedly said that “Anglomania” (the use of the English word) “insults and humiliates” the Italian language. submitted a bill stating that
“In the Italian House of Commons, we speak Italian. The battle continues to use our language instead of English. No,” Rampelli wrote in a tweet in November.
Alla Camera dei deputati italiana si parla #Italian.
Prosegue la battaglia sull’utilizzo della nostra #Linga Al Post Dell#EnglishNon si capisce perché il dispensatore di liquido igienizzante per le mani debba essere chiamato ‘dispenser’. pic.twitter.com/c4dmUHg32b
— Fabio Lampelli (@fabiorampelli) November 8, 2022
The bill, which has not yet been brought to debate, requires Italians in public office to have “written and oral knowledge and proficiency in the Italian language”. We also prohibit the use of English, including acronyms and names, in official documents.
The proposed legislation includes all foreign languages, but points out that using English is an even worse crime given that the UK is no longer part of the EU.
The draft bill reads, “Not only is fashion passing, but Anglomania affects society as a whole.”
The bill also requires foreign entities to have an Italian version of all internal regulations and employment contracts. We also ensure that Italian is used as the first language, even in offices dealing with non-Italian speaking foreigners.
The proposed law further states that the Italian language will become “mandatory for the promotion and use of public goods and services on the national territory”. Violation of this rule could subject him to a fine of €5,000 ($5,435) to €100,000 ($108,705).
In addition, the bill allows the Ministry of Culture to establish a commission tasked with ensuring that the “correct use of the Italian language and its pronunciation” is used in schools, media, businesses and advertising. increase.
For example, certain entities who mispronounce the Italian antipasto Bruschetta as “bru-shetta” instead of “bru-sketta” may be penalized.
The move to protect the Italian language in Italy comes at a time when the government seeks to protect the country’s cuisine, CNN noted.
Italian lawmakers have also reportedly introduced legislation banning synthetic or cell-based cooking over concerns about a lack of scientific research into the effects of synthetic foods.
In addition, Meloni’s Health Minister Oraggio Schiracci said at a press conference that the bill on Italian cuisine is also intended to protect “our national heritage and agriculture based on the Mediterranean diet”.