English Language

irenak Mon, 10/24/2016 - 17:08


I wonder, once the GB is out of the EU, shall English continue to be official EU language? In particular, shall the selection proceeding be conducted in English or will we have to choose a different language? 



Dear Irenak,

David @ EU Training Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:07

Dear Irenak,

It is difficult to say what legal reasons will be given to keep English as a working language once GB leaves the EU, but we feel it highly unlikely that English will not remain a viable language. English is one of the primary working languages of the EU institutions and we can’t see this changing any time soon. At this stage we can’t give a solid answer, only time will tell, but this is our impression.

Kind regards,

David @ EU Training

Thanks for the reply, David.

irenak Sun, 11/13/2016 - 17:09

Thanks for the reply, David. This is my impression also, I was just asking this in order to decide whether or not to change the first language, which is the language of competition, and to begin my preparation according to this.

Thanks and best regards.

Hello. Does anyone know if

Carlo Thu, 11/07/2019 - 12:38

Hello. Does anyone know if there are any "official" news on the possibilty of English not being an official language in the EU institutions, since Brexit is already close? I have read some contradictory opinions from EU officials on the issue.

That would be a fatal situation for many that have English as second language in the competitions.

Thank you!

What language should they use

lorek_132995 Thu, 11/07/2019 - 12:58

What language should they use as a common language? Geman or French? Very funny....and unlikely as the brexit.


marta0907 Thu, 11/07/2019 - 21:05


English still be one of the languages of the EU since Ireland is not going anywhere ;) Plus given that it's most common "second language" in the epso competitions in my opinion it is highly unlikely that the Brexit will somehow change it. 


Carlo Fri, 11/08/2019 - 00:31


It seems that every country has to notify just one official language, and Ireland notified Gaelic. I know English is today the international language and the one everybody speaks, but just wondered if, when there is no country in the UE with English as "official" language, this could be in someway replaced; when the UK was not into the Union, Frech and German were the working languages in the institutions.

Well, it is just to know if anyone knew if there is an official position from the UE on the issue since it would affect to many people trying to work there. I guess it is something we will know if Brexit is acomplished


nowadays the lingua franca is

lorek_132995 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:31

nowadays the lingua franca is English, particularly within Europe, so I don't see the problem..they'll keep using English as a main language...