‘Defense of the Italian language’, the bill: fines of up to 100 thousand euros

“Public and private entities are required to submit any description, information, warning and documentation in Italian”

Fines from 5,000 to 100,000 euros for those who do not use the Italian language in the use of goods and services, in information and communication, in school and university activities, as well as in employment relationships and in the organizational structures of public and private bodies. This is established by the draft law of the Brothers of Italy, first signed by Rampelli, ‘Provisions for the protection and promotion of the Italian language and establishment of the Committee for the protection, promotion and enhancement of the Italian language’. Eight articles to ensure the protection, enhancement and use of the Italian language, including sanctions.

Obligation, starting from public bodies, but also private individuals are no exception: acronyms and names of the functions covered in companies operating in the national territory must be in Italian (the exception is allowed only in the absence of the equivalent in Italian) so such as internal regulations and documents intended for employees. In short: “Public and private entities are required to submit in Italian any description, information, warning and documentation relating to tangible and intangible assets produced and distributed throughout the country” and “any type and form of communication or information present in a public place or in a place open to the public or deriving from public funds and intended for public utility is transmitted in Italian”, establishes article 2.

The need for this proposal is motivated by the ‘risk of extinction of the Italian language: “According to the latest estimates – reads the text of the pdl – from 2000 to today, the number of English words that have merged into written Italian has increased by 773 percent” , a datum that is judged by the proponents as an “excessive infiltration of words borrowed from English, which in recent decades has reached dangerous levels”, “obsessive foreignisms” which risk “in the long term, of leading to a collapse of the of the Italian language until its progressive disappearance”.

Not only that: “Those who speak only Italian today risk the failure of incommunicability”, continues the proposal. “It is no longer permissible to use foreign terms whose Italian correspondence exists and is fully exhaustive”. The Committee for the protection, promotion and enhancement of the Italian language will supervise, conceived as an aid body to the national government and “the violation of the obligations under this law entails the application of an administrative sanction consisting in payment of a sum from 5,000 euros to 100,000 euros”.