Today, for the first time at the state level, Ukraine celebrates Europe Day together with the whole community of the continent.
On May 9, 1950, French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman proclaimed the initiative on the unification of the European countries into a "supranational community". The "Schuman Declaration" strengthened the independence of all states, respecting national identity, affirming state languages, and protecting the rights of citizens.
Now we feel especially acutely our unity with Europe which has given shelter to millions of Ukrainians and helps us with weapons, supports us economically, understands the terrible price we pay for the European choice, and reliably protects the continent from rascism.
Ukraine's European integration aspirations are supported by real steps to strengthen the Ukrainian language. At the appeal of the State Language Protection Commissioner in March 2022, Ukraine obtained the status of an associate member of the European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL). Since then, we have been contributing to promoting continental language policy and spreading the Ukrainian language in the world, contributing to the language needs of Ukrainians abroad as well as Ukrainian citizens who were forced to find themselves outside the state.
Ukrainian is the language of the winners, and its international status as an official language in the EU is only a matter of time.
Happy Europe Day!