The EU recognises 24 official languages and 3 — British, French and German — as working languages.
Requested on Friday if French would indeed function as the future language of Europe, Juncker stated in British: “It’s always harmful to create jokes about this.Inches
Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop editing by John Stonestreet
It’s a native language in Ireland and Malta but countries are only able to nominate one for EU use plus they chose Gaelic and Maltese correspondingly.
“Slowly but surely British is losing importance in Europe,” Juncker told a celebration in Florence in May, speaking in British before this switching to French and drawing applause from his audience.
Juncker has already established something of the love-hate relationship with Britain since becoming mind from the EU executive almost 3 years ago when confronted with objections from then Pm David Cameron.
Brexit has however elevated some questions regarding the long run status of British inside the bloc, since once Britain leaves it won’t be the state language associated with a member condition for EU purposes.