[lg policy] Russia: State Duma supports proposal to make Russian an official EU language

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State Duma supports proposal to make Russian an official EU language
© RIA Novosti, Andrey Stenin
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*16:11 28/11/2013*

*MOSCOW, November 28 (RAPSI) –* The State Duma is supporting the idea of
making Russian an official European Union language, State Duma Defense
Committee Member Alexei Zhuravlyov (United Russia) said at a roundtable
discussion on the current state and prospects of Russia's language policy
held by the lower house on Thursday.

“In his time, Vice President Dmitry Rogozin advanced a breakthrough
initiative. He proposed making Russian an official language in the European
Union,” Zhuravlyov said.

“We can do this now, since the amendments which became effective on April
1, 2012 allow EU citizens to propose making their native tongue an official
language in the EU if their proposition attracts the required 1 million
signatures,” Zhuravlyov said.

He said that attracting 1 million signatures should not be a problem given
that there are many Russian communities in the EU, plus organizations like
Rossotrudnichestvo, a Russian federal agency that promotes international


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