Language draft laws have no relation to the protection of the Ukrainian language. The MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Mykola Skoryk stated this during a briefing on the sidelines of the Verkhovna Rada on Thursday, October 4.
The politician recalled that Articles 10 and 11 of the Constitution of Ukraine clearly indicate that the Ukrainian language is the state language, however, the country should ensure the free use of the Russian language and languages of national minorities.
Mykola Skoryk noted that even the Scientific and Expert Department of the Verkhovna Rada drew the appropriate conclusions regarding the mentioned draft laws.
“These conclusions indicate that the draft laws do not consider the obligations Ukraine assumed upon ratifying the European Charter for Regional Languages, therefore there is a risk that the use of minority languages will remain outside the legal regulation. One more thing: an attempt to solve at the law level the issue of creating a National Commission on State Language Standards contains signs of the Verkhovna Rada’s intervention in the competence of the Cabinet of Ministers. In addition, the Constitutional Court, in its decision of March 2, 1999, noted that the laws of Ukraine may regulate issues whose resolution does not fall within the powers of other state bodies. A language law is proposed to regulate social relations, which should not be regulated by them,” the opposition politician added.
According to Mykola Skoryk, language draft laws have nothing to do with the protection of the Ukrainian language.
“For those who are supposedly defending the Ukrainian language today, I will give one small example. In 1974, over 104 million Ukrainian books were published. Today, a little more than 20 million. This is a small statistical figure, but it is very indicative of how the government is dealing with the issue of protecting the state language,” the parliamentarian concluded.