Romanian was granted status of regional language in village Bila Tserkva in Rakhiv district of Zakarpattia region, head of village council Yuri Berinde informed.

This decision was approved at the 12th session of Bila Tserkva Village Council on August 14, according to the law of Ukraine on the principles of the national language policy.

Bila Tserkva is one of five villages in Rakhiv district where the majority of the population is of Romanian origin. According to the population census in 2001, 11.6% of the population of Rakhiv district were Romanian speakers (10,500 people).

According to the head of the village council, the Romanian language will be used in the office work and administrative documents and almost nothing will change in the village council work after adoption of the law.

"We have been working for decades in both languages, so we do not see any problems in the execution of the law on language. There have been many cases when people come and write a statement or other documents in the Romanian language, and we translate into Ukrainian. The staff of the village council knows both Ukrainian and Romanian languages," Berinda added.

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