The MP from the Party of Regions, the author of the draft law on the principles of the national language policy Vadym Kolesnichenko said that the Ukrainian society is not split over this law.

"The statements of individual political groups do not reflect the general mood of society. This is an obvious fact. More than 1 million signatures in support of the bill were collected in Ukraine within 10 days. We stopped collecting signatures because it was not necessary. Also, we've already got the decision of 18 regional and city councils in support of this bill," Kolesnichenko said during the meeting with OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Knut Vollebaek, ForUm learned from the Party of Regions press service.

The MP said that the language law provides for Ukrainian as the only state language of Ukraine. The national minorities are endowed with the right to use the regional language along with the state language only in places of their compact residence.

In turn, Vollebaek turned MP’s attention to the fact that the language law requires special consideration and discussion.

Kolesnichenko emphasized: "We have been offering to initiate a broad public dialogue to discuss the bill already for three months. But so far not a single round table has taken place, not a single reasonable claim has been made. There are just political slogans outside the legal framework."

The parties also discussed the issue of the financial backing of the language law. Its author informed the High Commissioner that the funds needed to implement this law are a small sum, feasible for the state budget.

"Also, given the fact that Europe is not sufficiently informed about the real situation in Ukraine, we have prepared the English translation of the periodic public report on the implementation of the Charter of regional languages by Ukraine. We are to send the report to all the experts, the members of the European Parliament and human rights organizations," the MP from the party of Regions added.

Kolesnichenko said that he took the report of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities Knut Vollebaek in Warsaw in 2009 at the international conference as the basis of the bill.


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