[lg policy] Parliament passes bill on Ukrainian language at first reading

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at gmail.com
Fri Oct 5 10:53:09 EDT 2018


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Parliament passes bill on Ukrainian language at first reading
04.10.2018 17:33
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The Verkhovna Rada has adopted at first reading the bill No. 5670-d on
ensuring the functioning of Ukrainian as a state language.

The document proposes creating the national commission on state language
standards and the institution of the envoy for the protection of the state
language.

A total of 261 deputies supported this decision at a plenary meeting of
parliament on Thursday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

While presenting the bill, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on
Culture and Spirituality Mykola Kniazhytsky said that the committee at a
meeting on October 3 brought the document into line with the laws passed
after its registration, in particular, the laws on education and on
television and radio broadcasting. He read out a transcript of the
amendments to the bill, which were supported by deputies during the vote
for the bill.

On February 28, 2018, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine declared
unconstitutional the July 3, 2012 law on the principles of the state
language policy (the so-called law of Kolesnichenko-Kivalov) because of
violations of the procedure of its adoption by people's deputies. The law,
in particular, provided for the possibility of official bilingualism in
regions where the number of national minorities exceeded 10%.

The bill 5670-d on ensuring the functioning of Ukrainian as a state
language was registered on June 9, 2017. The bill was supported by Deputy
Prime Ministers Pavlo Rozenko and Viacheslav Kyrylenko, Culture Minister
Yevhen Nyshchuk, and Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy.
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 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
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