Ukraine wants to promote use of English


(MENAFN) Rostislav Karandeev, the vice head of the ministry, stated during a news conference on Friday that the ministry is working on a draft law to give the English language a higher standing.

“Ukraine is still largely separated from the EU and the rest of the world by a language barrier. A change in the status of the English language is a step that could solve that problem,” Karandeev informed journalists.

The ministry "has started working on a draft law that would ensure English is spoken [in the country] as a language of international communication," the source continued, in an effort to give the language "a greater standing" and aid Ukrainians in learning it.

He went on to say that going forward, all government employees and law enforcement officials will be required to speak English.

Despite the fact that Provision 10 of the Ukrainian Constitution mandates that the government support "learning of languages of international communication," Karandeev noted that the article and the legal notion of such languages are only mentioned in one piece of legislation. According to the official, the new bill will designate English as the "language of international communication," boosting its development throughout the nation.

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