ROME (CNN) — Italians who use English and other foreign words in official communications could face fines of up to 100,000 euros ($108,705) under a new law introduced by Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy party.
Fabio Rambelli, a member of the Lower House of Representatives, who has the Prime Minister’s support, introduced the legislation.
Although the law covers all foreign languages, it specifically targets “Anglomania”, or the use of English words, which it says “demeans and distorts” the Italian language, which is even worse because it is not already in the UK. Part of the European Union.
The bill, which has yet to be submitted for parliamentary debate, requires anyone holding a position in the public administration to have “a knowledge of the Italian language, both written and spoken”. It also bans the use of English in official documents, including “abbreviations and titles” of jobs in companies operating in the country.
According to a draft law seen by CNN, foreign companies must have Italian versions of all internal controls and employment contracts.
“It is not just a matter of fashion, passing fashions, but Anglomania has ramifications for society as a whole,” the bill says.
The first article of the law guarantees that Italian should be the main language even in offices dealing with foreigners who do not speak Italian.
Article 2 obligates Italy to “promote and use public goods and services in the national territory.” Failure to do so can result in fines of between €5,000 (US$5,435) and €100,000 (US$108,705).
Don’t say “Pru-Shetta” instead of “Pru-Shetta.”
Under the proposed law, the Ministry of Culture will establish a committee covering “the correct use of the Italian language and its pronunciation” in schools, the media, business and advertising.
Saying “Pru-Shetta” instead of “Pru-Shetta” means that it would be a punishable offence.
The move to protect the Italian language joins the government’s ongoing effort to protect the country’s cuisine.
He introduced legislation to ban cell-based or so-called synthetic cooking because of the lack of scientific studies on the effects of synthetic foods, as well as “to protect our country’s heritage and our Mediterranean food-based agriculture.” Meloni Health Minister Horacio. Shilasi said in a press conference.
Last week, Italy’s Ministers of Culture and Agriculture officially submitted the candidacy of Italian cuisine for UNESCO World Heritage status, which will be decided in December 2025.