Ukraine’s parliament to consider draft law on language in February

Source : 112 Ukraine

The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament said the first plenary week in January was not enough for consideration of this bill
16:30, 15 January 2019

Spokesperson of Ukraine's Parliament Andriy Parubiy
The Verkhovna Rada

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine will consider the draft law #5670-d “On provision of the functioning of Ukrainian language as the state” in the second reading. Andriy Parubiy, the speaker of the parliament made such statement as 112 Ukraine reported.

“Two parliamentary groups raised the issue of the law “On language”. I think that I will urgently initiate its consideration in February,” Paruby said.

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He reminded that about 2,500 amendments were filed during the development of the document for the second reading and expressed the conviction that the first plenary week in January was not enough for their consideration.

“I think that possibly the combination and extension of the law “On language” will allow us to reach a compromise in the hall and solve the issue of the protection of the state language, extension of the article, which provides the planned, safe fulfilling of the commitments on the implementation of the state language by Education Ministry,” Parubiy added.

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On October 4, 2018, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has supported the draft law #5670-d "On provision of the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language" as the basis.

Earlier we reported that 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. 

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On February 28, 2018, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine produced a ruling in regards to the law “On the principles of the state language policy” #5029-VI (the so-called “Kolesnychenko-Kivalov” law).

The Law "On the Principles of language policy" was submitted to the Verkhovna Rada by MPs Vadym Kolesnichenko and Serhiy Kivalov. According to the law, the language of the Verkhovna Rada and acts of public authorities, is Ukrainian. When it comes to the language of elections, referendums, science, and education, the focus is on the human right to freely use any language.

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