[lg policy] Ukraine: Parliamentary majority plans to adopt language law before summer vacation

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 19 19:57:48 UTC 2012

Kolesnichenko: Parliamentary majority plans to adopt language law
before summer vacation


The parliamentary majority plans to pass a law on the principles of
state language policy by the end of the current session in July 2012,
a co-author of the language bill, Regions Party MP Vadym
Kolesnichenko, has said. "The Verkhovna Rada, represented by the
majority, wishes to adopt this bill before summer vacation. According
to the rules of procedure, there are all opportunities for that," he
told reporter on Monday.

He also said that the bill would not be considered at the current
plenary week. "It was an erroneous statement, because if the concerns
committee has time to consider and prepare everything by Thursday, we
would only support this, but I think that technically we will have no
time to consider this issue," Kolesnichenko said.

He said that work on the preparation of the bill for second reading
was being conducted by the committee on culture and spirituality,
which is headed by BYT-Batkivschyna faction deputy Volodymyr
Yavorivsky. Verkhovna Rada Speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn, in turn, said at
a meeting of the conciliatory council that 447 amendments had been
introduced to the bill. Lytvyn also said that MPs could submit their
amendments by the evening of June 19. The current session of the
Verkhovna Rada ends on Friday, July 6, after which the MPs leave for
summer vacation.


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