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Friday, 26 April 2019 09:23

UKRAINE’S LANGUAGE LAW: UKRAINIAN AND ENGLISH ARE PREFERRED

Radio Lemberg,  26.04.2019

 

Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, finally approved the Language Law on Thursday. The new bill requires: 

 

All businesses operating in Ukrainian first of all must have Ukrainian versions of their websites (if any). 

 

All computer software distributed in Ukraine will have to be either in Ukrainian, English or one of the 24 official languages of the European Union. Russian is not an official language of the EU. 

 

All print and online media are to be in Ukrainian, or have Ukrainian versions. Exceptions are media in English, Crimean Tatar of one of the 24 official languages of the EU. 

 

Ukrainian-language content on national TV and radio increases from 75% to 90%; for regional broadcasters, the quota increases to 80%. 

 

All movies produced in Ukraine must be in Ukrainian. All foreign language movies must be dubbed into Ukrainian. Foreign language movies with subtitles can only be shown at film festivals. 

 

Theater performances must be in Ukrainian, with a few exceptions. 

 

Publishing houses must print at least 50% of their books in Ukrainian. Book stores will have to sell at least 50% of their books in Ukrainian. 

 

All education has to be in Ukrainian and all service sector employees must first address customers in Ukrainian. 

 

Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko is expected to sign the law in May.

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