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The Cabinet of Ministers adopted a decision on minority languages

Feb 9, 2024

The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has approved a methodology for using minority languages in the communities where they traditionally live. This is necessary for our country's accession to the European Union.


RBC-Ukraine reported this regarding the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers.

According to the ministry, the document was developed as part of the reform to protect the rights of national minorities in Ukraine on the way to the start of negotiations on EU membership.

"Today's approval of the methodology, developed after a round of consultations, in particular with colleagues from the Council of Europe, the European Commission, and representatives of NGOs of national communities in Ukraine, is another step towards the proper protection of the rights of Ukraine's national minorities," said Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Olga Stefanishyna.

This methodology establishes uniform conditions and procedures for the use of minority languages in those settlements where they traditionally live or where they make up more than 15% of the total population.

"The adoption of this resolution is necessary to ensure the implementation of the law and the fulfillment of the recommendations of the European Commission to launch the negotiation process on Ukraine's accession to the European Union," said Oleh Nemchinov, Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.

The document, in particular, defines the spheres of public life in which the languages of national minorities of Ukraine can be used alongside the state language by the decision of a village, town, or city council. This applies to providing topographic information, medical care, shopping service, and more.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 10/02/2024

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