[lg policy] Venice Commission approves of bill on language policy in Ukraine, says lawmaker

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 18 17:55:46 UTC 2011

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Venice Commission approves of bill on language policy in Ukraine, says lawmaker


The European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission)
on the whole approved the draft law of Ukraine on the principles of
the national language policy worked out by members of the Party of
Regions faction, Serhiy Kivalov and Vadym Kolesnichenko, Kivalov's
press service reported on Saturday.

"Today, the Venice Commission has expressed general support to our
bill on the principles of the national language policy," Kivalov said.
"I hope that soon we will be able to adopt it at the Verkhovna Rada
and to eliminate language issue in Ukraine," the lawmaker said.

According to the report, the commission's rapporteur speaking on
behalf of all the experts of the Venice Commission said the bill
offered government guarantees for the protection of regional languages
and languages of national minorities in Ukraine. At the same time, the
bill maintains the position of the official language of Ukraine, the
rapporteur said.

"President of the Venice Commission Gianni Buquicchio said that the
bill provided to European experts for the examination, is a step
forward in addressing the language issue in Ukraine," the press
service said.


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