Adoption of the Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring the Functioning of Ukrainian as the State Language" is one of the greatest achievements of the Verkhovna Rada of the VIII convocation. This was stated by the State Language Protection Commissioner Taras Kremin on-air of Espreso TV channel commenting on the second anniversary of the adoption of the language law.
"During the years of independence so many spears have been broken around the language issue! But the parliament of the VIII convocation made this document as such that corresponds to our realities today. I want to thank those parliamentarians who elaborated and voted for this document then. And the civil society which was pressing tolerating the language issue. And today we actually feel that Ukrainian is much more used", – Taras Kremin emphasized.
According to the Commissioner, the Secretariat actually receives numerous appeals and complaints about violations of the language law on a daily basis.
“The language law has been in force for two years already, and I have been a Commissioner for a little over six months. And we can say that the number of complaints about violations of the language law does not decrease. Their specificity and subject matter are changed. Let’s say, if before we have come across violations of the language law in various areas, then today they are occasional. Complaints continue to be received against officials and deputies of local councils who use the non-state language in their work; great many appeals are received regarding the lack of Ukrainian version of online stores. Kyiv and Kyiv region are the leaders by number of appeals. Of course, we analyze all that, send our recommendations and methodical explanations to central and local authorities, and we feel great support from the citizens of Ukraine”, – Taras Kremin said.
The Commissioner emphasizes that due to the fact that the articles of the Law of Ukraine "On Ensuring the Functioning of Ukrainian as the State Language" are implemented gradually, and not all of them at once, each sphere has time for the preparation.
Thus, on July 16, 2021, a number of other articles of the language law will be implemented.
“In particular, the State Language Tests for civil service applicants are to start from July 16. This is quite a historic and significant for us event. As up to that moment it was not prescribed for officials, including top officials, to pass these tests”, – Taras Kremin points out.