FDP supports “English as additional service language” in federal government

I am proud that an initiative that started in my living room is now shaping the policy of the Free Democratic Party on the federal level.

Since 2013 I organised regular events with Expatriates and liberal politicians like Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, Rainer Matheisen, Johannes Vogel and Alexander Graf Lambsdorff.

One topic that expats adressed over and over again: The difficulties to navigate the gruesome German bureaucracy as someone who just arrived in Germany.

It is befitting that a modern country allows fellow European citizens and immigrants to communicate in the world’s business language when dealing with the government.

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Vice President of the European Parliament and Chris Pyak discuss the needs of Expatriates

Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, Vice President of the European Parliament and Chris Pyak discuss the needs of Expatriates

In Düsseldorf and a dozen other cities FDP politicians introduced bills to allow “English as a service language” in their local bureaucracy. Thanks to FDP Düsseldorf the employees of our city administration are learning English now. This benefits not only 15.000 European citizens and foreigners who move to our city every year – it also creates jobs and tax revenue:

After London and Paris, Düsseldorf ranks third among the locations for the European headquarters of international corporations.

(Proposed Election platform of FDP Germany. Page 33.)

 

Englisch als Arbeitssprache entstand im Wohnzimmer des FDP Politikers Chris Pya

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