A working language is the language of communication within a multilingual supranational organization, a company or an institution. Most international organizations such as the UN, OECD, NATO, ASEAN, Euro Europe or EU Official languages have official and working languages.
The European Union has three working languages , which are also the three most spoken and most learned languages; namely German (18%, 14 % ), English (13%, 38 % ) and French ( 14%, 14 %) ( in brackets the percentage of the EU population that speaks this language as a mother tongue or a foreign language). Negotiations, meetings, and all publications of the European institutions must be implemented or announced in these three languages .
But there are also countries that have recognized the working languages in their constitutions: Eritrea (Arabic and Tigrinya ) and East Timor ( Indonesian and English ).
- The importance and difficulty of German as a working language in EU institutions
- European Commission Traineeships Office: Questions and Answers ( The working languages of the European Commission)