A working language is the language of communication within a multilingual supranational organization, company or institution. Most international associations such as the UN , OECD , NATO , ASEAN , the Council of Europe or the EU have official languages and official working languages.
The European Union essentially uses three working languages, which are also the three most widely spoken and most learned languages; namely German ( mother tongue : 18%; foreign language : 14%), English (13%; 38%) and French (14%; 14%). Negotiations, discussions and all publications by the European institutions are mainly conducted or announced in one of these three languages.
- List of the 24 official and working languages of the EU ( official languages of the European Union )
- The importance and difficulty of German as a working language in the EU institutions ( Memento from August 11, 2014 in the Internet Archive )
- European Commission, Internship Office: Questions and Answers (The working languages of the European Commission)
- Many languages for one Europe. Language in the European Union ( Memento of June 1, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) - PDF; 2.8 MB