PUBLIC REPORT ON THE EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR REGIONAL OR MINORITY LANGUAGES FULFILLMENT IN UKRAINE Despite that from the moment of adoption the Law of Ukraine “On Ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages” #802-IV of 05.15.2003 four years had passed, not a single legislation act directed to the Charter’s provisions implementation was adopted. Furthermore, in Ukrainian legislation there is no legislative act that would define the powers of local authorities regarding recognition of languages, which are commonly used on the territories of definite administrative areas, that makes impossible any further activity on the Charter implementation. It demonstrates as sharpness of the language problem in Ukraine as inability of government to settle it. But in Ukraine a lot of famous politicians, even the whole political movements and parties try to keep silent about the language problem, show it to be forced and politically caused, not taking into consideration the fact that at least each fourth citizen of Ukraine is a representative of a national minority, and not less than 40% of our country population use other languages than Ukrainian for daily communication. For example, after the Charter had entered into force the President of Ukraine V. Yuschenko stated repeatedly that “the subject of regional languages as a category, as a definition does not exist either in the Constitution, or in ...
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