Italy may soon impose fines of up to 100,000 euros (Rs 89,35,441) on individuals for using English and other foreign words in official communications.
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's Brothers of Italy party has introduced the legislation in country's Parliament.
The proposed bill has been introduced by Fabio Rampelli, a member of Italy's lower chamber of deputies, and has the support of PM Meloni.
The bill includes foreign languages but specifically targets the use of English words, or "Anglomania," claiming that it “demeans and mortifies” the Italian language, according to a CNN report.
The bill, which is yet to be discussed in the Parliament, requires “written and oral knowledge and mastery of the Italian language" for those holding a public administration role.
It also prohibits use of English in official documentation, including "acronyms and names" for job positions in local businesses.
According to the proposed law, foreign firms will also require to have Italian language versions of all internal policies and employment contracts.
“It is not just a matter of fashion, as fashions pass, but Anglomania has repercussions for society as a whole,” the draft bill states.
As per the legislation's first article, even in offices that deal with non Italian-speaking foreigners, Italian must be the primary language used.
Moreover, the Article 2 of the bill would make Italian “mandatory for the promotion and use of public goods and services in the national territory.”
Failing to adhere to the directive could attract penalties ranging from 5,000 euros (Rs 4.5 lakh) to 100,000 euros (Rs 89 lakh).
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