Taras Kremin, the State Language Protection Commissioner took part in the scientific conference on the topic "Debates on linguistic diversity in modern Ukraine - national minorities, bilingualism and language ideologies in wartime".
The event, organized in cooperation with the Justus Liebig University of Giessen (Germany) and several Ukrainian scientific institutions like the Institute of the Ukrainian Language of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Uzhgorod National University, and the Izmail State University for the Humanities, brought together scientists to exchange opinions on topical language issues.
Among other things, the participants of the conference discussed the issue of increasing the presence of the Ukrainian language in various spheres of public life and everyday communication of Ukrainians and the functioning of the languages of national minorities in the context of the establishment of Ukrainian as a state language.
"Based on international terminology, there is a clear understanding of the concept of "national minorities", thus it is declared in the Constitution of Ukraine, Taras Kremin emphasized. - "The Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as a State Language" defines the need to develop a corresponding law. I am among those who support its emergence and I am ready to join the work on it".
The Commissioner also told about the facts of the linguocide of the Ukrainian language in the occupied territories of Ukraine, the activity of the Commissioner's Secretariat as an associate member of the European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL), the nationwide campaign to expand the network of free courses and clubs for learning the Ukrainian language, positive changes from the transition of Ukrainian citizens to communication in the state language.
"The latest sociological studies prove that, regardless of their age, status, or origin, the vast majority of Ukrainian citizens have fundamentally switched to communicating in Ukrainian even at home. This once again proves that we are a strong and united nation. To be hardened by the war, it has chosen the language as a talisman of its identity, dignity, and achievements," Taras Kremin emphasized.