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Diplomatic Service Open Day

europe-day-2015_en (B2) The European Diplomatic Service (EEAS) will open its doors to the public on May 9. This is the first time that the new EEAS building, located on Rond Point Schuman, a stone's throw from the Cinquantenaire Park, has opened its doors in this way. If you are in Brussels, do not hesitate to cross the threshold. Most of the missions and operations supporting the rule of law and/or peacekeeping, deployed under the common security and defense policy (CSDP) have made the trip. And the interior architecture of the building is worth a look. P lovers of monuments or ancient masterpieces will be disappointed. But its interior patio, quite simple, made of wood and greenery, is, in my opinion, one of the most successful and “warmest” of European buildings which are often marked by architectural coldness. European diplomats are lucky!

Monolingualism in action

From a formal point of view, we will notice that the EEAS only saw fit to communicate about this event in English. Indicate that we are “EU in the world” without using at least 3 – 4 languages ​​is simplistic. This is totally incomprehensible. And this reveals a very clear desire to communicate only in English. Because internal linguistic resources exist. It should be noted that the two official languages ​​in Brussels, the seat of the EEAS, are French and Dutch (and German for Belgium). This gives a negative image of Europe incapable of communicating with the world and its citizens other than in English. At a time when we are talking about restoring a sense of citizenship to Europe, this is not only stupidity, it is a political error and a clear breach of both the spirit and the letter of the European treaties. The action undertaken by the Association of European Journalists – France section, of which I am one of the vice-presidents, (read:  Please respect the use of French) is therefore more than determined to act for the respect of a certain multilingualism. To be continued…

NB: the logo on the poster was made from character collages made by schoolchildren from Paris and Brussels


(Nicolas Gros-Verheyde)

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).