EU languages: Statement on behalf of the European Commission Representation in Ireland
We note the media reports stating that in the event of a UK withdrawal from the EU, English would cease to be an official language of the EU.
This is incorrect. The Council of Ministers, acting unanimously, decide on the rules governing the use of languages by the European institutions. In other words, any change to the EU Institutions' language regime is subject to a unanimous vote of the Council, including Ireland.
These provisions are contained in Article 342 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.