Edition: International | Greek
MENU

Home » EU Actually

European Commission’s ‘woke’ U-turn

At the end of October, Helena Dalli, the Maltese European Commissioner for Equality launched ‘Commission guidelines for inclusive communication’

By: N. Peter Kramer - Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Tajani tweeted: ‘Long live Christmas. Long live the EU of the common sense’.
Tajani tweeted: ‘Long live Christmas. Long live the EU of the common sense’.

N. Peter Kramer’s Weekly Column

At the end of October, Helena Dalli, the Maltese European Commissioner for Equality launched ‘Commission guidelines for inclusive communication’. ‘Making equality mainstream means it has to play a role in everything, including communication’, she wrote.

The Commission wanted, for instance, to ban words that resemble Christmas and proposed to talk about ‘holidays’. The document also advised that gender-related pronouns and words such as ‘chairman’ and ‘man-made’ be eliminated from now on. It was also advised to ask people in advance how they prefer to be addressed and to stop using words such as ‘transgender’ and ‘bi’ as nouns and to replace them with, for example, ‘trans person’. ‘Ladies and gentlemen’ could be better become ‘dear colleagues’.

In particular, the advice to internally use ‘holidays’ instead of ‘Christmas’ was fiercely criticised as an attempt to ‘cancel Christmas’ . Former EP President and now MEP, Antonio Tajani called Dalli’s proposal ‘unacceptable’! French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen spoke of ‘technocrats’ who are the ‘enemy of our identities’.

A month after the announcement, Dalli was forced to withdraw her own project, saying it is not a mature document and does not meet all of the commission’s quality standards. Before Dalli withdrew the guidelines, commission officials already stressed that they were ‘mere recommendations’ that had no binding value. Dalli herself announced that she would continue to work on the subject and come up with an update later.

Tajani tweeted: ‘Long live Christmas. Long live the EU of the common sense’.

READ ALSO

EU Actually

European Parliament elects an anti-abortion President

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

Roberta Metsola has been elected as the youngest ever President of the European Parliament and the first woman in the role for 20 years

View 04/2021 2021 Digital edition

Magazine

Current Issue

04/2021 2021

View past issues
Subscribe
Advertise
Digital edition

Europe

EU should advance foreign intelligence-gathering capacity, EU lawmaker says

EU should advance foreign intelligence-gathering capacity, EU lawmaker says

The EU should develop its own foreign intelligence services to provide itself with credible information about possible foreign threats, according to an upcoming European Parliament proposal

Business

5 forces driving the new world of work

5 forces driving the new world of work

Labour markets around the world were already going through significant transformations when COVID-19 hit two years ago

MARKET INDICES

Powered by Investing.com
All contents © Copyright EMG Strategic Consulting Ltd. 1997-2022. All Rights Reserved   |   Home Page  |   Disclaimer  |   Website by Theratron