[lg policy] Slovakia: New language bill internal issue

Francis Hult francis.hult at UTSA.EDU
Fri Jul 24 16:08:55 UTC 2009


UPI.com

 

Slovakia: New language bill internal issue

 

Slovakia considers its new language law, which has provoked protests from neighboring Hungary, an internal affair, an official said Thursday. 

 

Peter Stano, a spokesman for the Slovak Foreign Ministry, said Slovakia and Hungary nevertheless will hold private talks on the language law amendment, which would impose fines for using national minority tongues.

 

Hungarian lawmakers in Budapest Monday called on Slovakia to cancel the law before it takes effect Sept.1.

 

The law stipulates people who use minority languages in public services in regions where a minority makes up less than 20 percent of the local population would be fined from $140 to $7,000.

 

Full story:

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/07/23/Slovakia-New-language-bill-internal-issue/UPI-36461248374336/

 

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