The Ombudsman for the Protection of the State Language of Ukraine Taras Kremin believes that Ukrainian may one day become one of the official languages of the European Union (EU), writes Strana.ua.
According to him, the new status of “Moscow” will strengthen the position of Kiev in the international arena. The Ombudsman is confident that the scientific community will help the country's leadership to implement the plans. “We are now negotiating with the European Association of Language Institutions so that Ukraine would receive an associate membership by the end of this year,” Kremin said.
He noted that the new laws on Ukrainization in the republic are increasingly finding support in the society, and people began to more often file complaints about Russian-language advertising content. “Basically, these violations concern signboards, price tags not in the state language, as well as the lack of Ukrainian-language versions of online stores,” the ombudsman explained.
In March 2020, the current President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed the law “On complete general secondary education”, which liquidated Russian-language schools in the country from September 1, 2020. Students from Russian-speaking families from the fifth grade will have to study at least 80 percent of subjects in Ukrainian. Russian training programs are canceled.
At the same time, on January 16, 2021, new provisions of the law “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as a state language” came into force in Ukraine. From that day on, all service enterprises in the country, regardless of their form of ownership, in particular shops, restaurants and gas stations, were obliged to serve visitors only in Ukrainian.
Until July 16, 2022, no sanctions will be applied to the management of enterprises for refusing to speak the state language. Later, employers could face a fine from 5100 to 6800 hryvnias (approximately 13.5 to 18 thousand rubles) for this violation.