Ukraine's parliament to consider amendments to language law – Razumkov
Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, Dmytro Razumkov has said the lawmakers will consider amendments to the law on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language.
According to Razumkov, there are relevant bills on this issue.
"If I'm not mistaken, one of them has passed the committee. And they will be submitted to the session hall. And then the Verkhovna Rada will make a decision," he told 112 Ukraine TV channel.
As UNIAN reported earlier, the law on ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language entered into force on July 16, 2019.
On December 6, the Venice Commission said State Language Law of Ukraine failed to strike balance between strengthening Ukrainian and safeguarding minorities' linguistic rights. The Commission called on the Ukrainian government to postpone the implementation of the provisions of the language law until the adoption of the law on national minorities.
On December 10, MP from the Servant of the People parliamentary faction Maksym Buzhanskyi announced he had submitted to parliament a bill recognizing the language law as invalid. At the same time, he claims repealing the language law would be in line with the Venice Commission's recommendations. Buzhanskyi is confident that the repeal of the law "will open up the possibility for drafting a really worthy document," as well as "a broad debate on the subject between residents of eastern and western Ukraine, nationalists, rationalists, cultural figures, and representatives of the media."
Commenting on Buzhanskyi's legislative initiative, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Humanitarian and Information Oleksandr Tkachenko said that "not every bill registered by members of the Servant of the People [party] represents the faction's position."