Review of European Administrative Law (REALaw)

Die Amtssprache ist Deutsch. Fair Communication in Administrative Proceedings

Viola von Braun

This article focuses on the official language policy, and how it affects newcomers during their interaction with public services: A language barrier is created, and newcomers are dependent on the support of government institutions, lawyers, and volunteers in order to communicate effectively with public services. This article raises the question, can newcomers benefit from the concept of fair communication with public services during administrative proceedings? It portrays the gradual development of individual-based communication and ends with a suggestion of what can be done by whom to eliminate the existing language barrier.

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