[lg policy] Ukraine: Party Of Regions To Publish Draft Law On Language Policy In Holos Ukrainy
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Party Of Regions To Publish Draft Law On Language Policy In Holos Ukrainy
(20:12, Wednesday, June 20, 2012)
The Party of Regions faction in the Verkhovna Rada has decided to
publish draft law No.9073 on the principles of the state language
policy in the Holos Ukraine parliamentary edition using its quota,
Vadym Kolisnichenko, a Verkhovna Rada deputy from the Party of Regions
faction, said addressing the committee hearing of the draft law.
"We have applied to Volodymyr Lytvyn on behalf of the Party of Regions
faction for publishing the draft law in the Holos Ukrainy newspaper.
Ten days of silence and only today Mr. Lytvyn has given birth to the
document saying there is no need to publish the draft law because it
was posted on the Verkhovna Rada site already", Kolisnichenko noted.
At that he sounded indignant over the Speaker's stance. "We want
normal, friendly discussion to avoid lie and distortion that occur,
including in our Parliament. Therefore, the Party of Regions faction
has used its quota and tasked the Holos Ukrainy with publishing the
draft law," Kolisnichenko emphasised. According to Kolisnichenko, the
draft law has collected more than 100,000 supporters' signatures.
He considers dissemination of the press-release before the committee
hearing to be biased and has blamed the Verkhovna Rada Committee on
Culture and Spirituality for nationalism and abuse of power.
Kolisnichenko thinks it is necessary to organise a national round
table inviting experts rather than nationalism-oriented politicians,
and to debate the draft law. Having finished his speech he called it
impossible to stay and left the hearing.As Ukrainian News earlier
reported, parliamentarians had filed more than 2,000 amendments to the
second reading of draft law No 9073 on the principles of the state
Mykola Tomenko, deputy chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, a leader of the
All-Ukrainian Union Batkivschyna party, is confident that the draft
law on language policy will not be passed in the second reading
provided the people's deputies vote individually. Oleksandr Yefremov,
head of the Party of Regions faction in the Verkhovna Rada, supposes
the Parliament will adopt the second reading of the draft law on
language policy on July 4-5.
The opposition intends to prevent its adoption. The draft law provides
official use of regional languages in the work of local governments if
at least 10% of language speakers live there.
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