The law on principles of the state language policy providing the official use of regional languages in the work of local governments if at least 10% of language speakers live in the territory has come into force. The law is published in the official parliamentary newspaper Voice of Ukraine.

In the context of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, the law on the language policy provides for using of 18 languages: Russian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Armenian, Gagauz, Yiddish, Crimean Tatar, Moldavian, German, modern Greek, Polish, Romany (Gypsy), Romanian, Slovak, Hungarian, Rusyn, Karaim and Judeo-Crimean Tatar..

The regional or minority language is used on the relevant territory in the local state authorities, is studied in the state and communal educational establishments and is also used in other spheres of social life within the law.

The document stipulates that the acts of the supreme bodies of state authorities should be adopted in Ukrainian and officially published in the state language, Russian and other regional or minority languages.

The passport data or the data in the document, which replaces it, should be introduced in the Ukrainian language and in one of the regional or minority languages.

Under the law, the need of citizens in the language of instruction is determined on a mandatory basis due to the applications of students or their parents when they are enrolling for the state and communal educational establishments.

In this case, the educational institutions provide separate classes, groups where training is conducted in the language other than the language of instruction if there is a sufficient number of relevant applications.

Tests for external evaluation of the quality of education are prepared in Ukrainian, but at the request of an applicant they should be translated into the regional or minority language (except for the Ukrainian language and literature).

As a reminder, on August 8, President of Ukraine Victor Yanukovych signed the law "On principles of the state language policy."


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