Court cancels government decree on new edition of Ukrainian spelling

Source : 112 Ukraine

The new spelling was adopted in spring 2019
18:17, 28 January 2021

National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

The District Administrative Court of Kyiv has canceled the decree of the Cabinet of Ministers signed in 2019. The bill introduced the new edition of Ukrainian orthography. Lawyer Dmytro Ilchenko reported that on Facebook.

"The reason to sue was based on the fact that the government had no right to change the spelling, because such things are simply beyond its competence. Besides, members of the language commission [of the government] could not agree on some things, and they did not work on the same edition that the government approved. The changes to the spelling were made quick and dirty", Ilchenko wrote.

The decision will take effect 30 days later, unless the Cabinet files an appeal.

Related: Service sector switched to Ukrainian language from January 16

In May 2019, the Ukrainian government approved the new edition of Ukrainian spelling. The text of the decree says that the decision is made to preserve constitutional provisions about the national status of Ukrainian language and unification of the use of spelling norms.

The Ministry of Education and Science recommended to use the new norms and rules in all branches of social life since the moment of publication of the document.

Related: Service sector switches to Ukrainian language: Exceptions and threats

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