From July 16, there will be more Ukrainian language in the sphere of culture in Ukraine. The relevant provisions of the Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian language as the State Language" take effect. This was announced on his Facebook page by the Commissioner for the Protection of the State Language Taras Kremin.
"On this day, norms that are important to the vast majority of people come into force. They relate to culture and entertainment, tourism, book publishing and bookstores, film production, film screenings in cinemas and television, etc.," he wrote.
From July 16 the state language will be mandatory for concerts and entertainment shows, exhibitions and tours, theaters and museums. All films and TV series should also be shown in Ukrainian, and bookstores will be required to have the majority of books in Ukrainian.
The Language Ombudsman explains that although the relevant law was adopted back in 2019, some of its provisions were to be implemented gradually, so it was postponed for two years. According to Taras Kremin, the new stage of implementation of the law "will increase the presence of the state language in public space and strengthen its status as the state language.
Earlier, on April 25, 2019 the Verkhovna Rada by 278 votes of lawmakers passed the law on the state language. According to this law, the only official state language in Ukraine is Ukrainian.
This status provides for the mandatory use of the Ukrainian language throughout the country in public authorities and local governments, as well as in public spheres of public life. The law does not apply to private communication and religious rites.
The status of Ukraine's state language will be endorsed over the course of the next ten years when the government implements the respective program.