The Equality Commissioner, Helena Dalli, announced on Tuesday the withdrawal of an internal guide distributed among the staff of the European Commission to promote an inclusive language but that It has created some controversy among sectors of the European right for recommending referring to “parties” instead of Christmas.
”It is not a mature document and does not meet the quality standards of the Commission. The recommendations clearly need more work so I am withdrawing the document and we will work more on it ”, explained Dalli in a brief statement released only through his Twitter account.
The Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera had access to the statement in which the Commission urged stop “considering someone to be a Christian” and change the classic “Merry Christmas” greeting to a more inclusive one: “Happy Holidays”. The body asked to avoid making religious references, because it is necessary “Be sensitive to the fact that people have different religious traditions”. For this reason, expressions like “The Christmas period” should be replaced by “the holiday period”.
“We must always offer a inclusive communication, ensuring that everyone is valued and recognized in all our material, regardless of gender, race or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation”, He had pointed out Dali, according to the British media The Telegraph.
The intention of the European Commission is also to end with gender words such as “Man-made” and “ladies and gentlemen” and replace them with neutral phrases like “man-made” and “dear colleagues”.
The internal guide for inclusive communication encouraged European Union officials to “Update your language” and avoid expressions considered stigmatizing based on gender, sexual identities, ethnic origins and culture.
The recommendations “Reflect diversity” and address “deeply ingrained stereotypes in individual and collective behavior”, according to the guide.
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