Oksana Syroyid: Regulation of the state language is part of the sovereignty of the state

In 27 years of independence, Ukraine has not been able to regulate the standards of the state language. This has been underscored by the Vice Speaker of the parliament Oksana Syroyid. None of the democratic countries in the world has something like this.

“We still have no standards of Ukrainian terminology; we do not even have a measure of what standards are as such and we have no standards of measuring the level of proficiency in the state language.”

It is also impossible to check the qualifications of people who are obligatorily required to know the Ukrainian language. Today, there are more than 20 such professions. In particular, these are MPs and the president.

Syroyid says, “The presidential candidate must prove that he/she is fluent in the state language. How to do this? What kind of test should they pass, what kind of marks should they get? So far, all this has not been settled.”

Therefore, one of the first tasks of the law on the state language is to regulate the status and standards of the state language. After all, the issues of the national anthem and the national flag are settled, while the language one is not.

“This discussion should have ended a long time ago. But no one wanted to deal with this issue. Regulation of the state language is part of the sovereignty of the state,” states Oksana Syroyid.

Verkhovna Rada plans to consider the language law on Thursday.

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