The Balearic government has fined 138 companies for failing to use either of the two official languages, Catalan and Spanish, on labels, menus or other information. The fines, issued over a period of two years, come to a total of approximately 15 million pesetas, according to Miguel Angel Cabeza, the director general for consumer affairs. Fifty one percent of the fines were for using English, and 33 percent for using German. The government decided to take action after goods were found in shops and supermarkets with instructions, lists of ingredients, etc, in foreign languages, with no translation into Spanish or Catalan provided. Restaurants with menus in foreign languages have also been targeted. Last April, the government launched a campaign to promote the use of Catalan in commerce at a cost of 100 million pesetas. The money came from the Balearic ministries of finance, commerce and industry, and culture and education, as well as the Councils of Majorca, Minorca and Ibiza-Formentera.


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