Ukraine considers promoting English language — RT Russia and the former Soviet Union

The country’s culture ministry has introduced a bill to promote English as a “language of international communication”

Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture and Information Policy is working on a bill to give higher status to the English language, the ministry’s deputy director Rostislav Karandeev said Friday during a briefing. hurry.

“Ukraine is still largely separated from the EU and the rest of the world by a language barrier. A change in the status of the English language is a step that could solve this problem,” Karandeev told reporters.

To tune the tongue “higher status” and help Ukrainians master it, the Ministry “started work on a bill that would ensure English was spoken [in the country] as a language of international communication, added the official.

This means, he explained, that in the future, all civil servants or law enforcement officers will have to be able to speak English.

Although article 10 of the Ukrainian constitution stipulates that the government of the country must promote “learning the languages ​​of international communication”, this article – as well as the legal concept of these languages ​​– is only referenced in one law, explained Karandeev. The new bill will give English the status of “language of international communication” encouraging its promotion in the country, the official said.

According to Karandeev, expanding the use of English will not only accelerate Ukraine’s integration into the European community, but will also help the country attract more investment and tourists. “once we have won our victory.”

Language issues have long been a source of tension between Russia in Ukraine, long before the current military conflict. Even though a significant part of the Ukrainian population speaks Russian as their first language and uses it much more than Ukrainian, some voices – especially among nationalist movements in the country – have called for its use to be restricted for fear that it will end up supplanting Ukrainian.

In July 2012, the Ukrainian parliament passed a law entitled “On the Principles of State Language Policy”, which granted Russian and other minority languages ​​regional status, meaning they could be used in courts, schools and other government institutions in regions where ethnic minorities exceeded 10% of the total population.

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However, after the Maidan revolution in 2014, Ukrainian lawmakers demanded that the law be reviewed by the country’s Constitutional Court, arguing that it went against the same Article 10 which also stipulates that the government must ensure the development and the functioning of the Ukrainian language in all spheres of social life throughout the territory of Ukraine. In 2018, the court finally declared the law unconstitutional.

Instead, in April 2019, Ukraine’s parliament voted for a sweeping new bill called “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language. The law made Ukrainian compulsory in many areas, including public administration, media and education. Although it provides some exemptions for the Crimean Tatar language, other languages ​​of the indigenous peoples of Ukraine, as well as English and other official languages ​​of the EU, Russian, Belarusian and Yiddish do not did not benefit from such exemptions.

Since the start of Moscow’s offensive in Ukraine on February 24, restrictions on Russian language and culture have accelerated. In June, the country’s parliament banned Russian music.

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