On April 23, 2021, the International Institute of Education, Culture and Diaspora Relations, Lviv Polytechnic National University, held the fourth event in a series planned within the Biennale «Ukrainian language in the world: regress or progress?». Thus the biennial, which was to take place live in 2020, became a platform for discussing important language issues online.
We dedicated the presentation-discussion «Results of the two-year operation of the law on language: successes and failures» to the 2nd anniversary of the adoption of the Law «On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian language as the state language». The event was organized jointly with the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation.
In the first part of the event, there was presentation of the research results which was conducted by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation in February 2021. The Foundation’s analyst Serhii Shapovalov highlighted the opinion of Ukrainians on the language law. Thus, according to the survey, 27% of Ukrainians see positive consequences of the regulation of the Ukrainian language at the state level, 54% support the introduction of mandatory use of the state language in services, 93% of respondents say that there is no language discrimination in Ukraine, etc.
In general, the presentation-discussion showed that the issues of functioning of the Ukrainian language, language laws and their observance, as well as hybrid war are among the priorities in modern Ukraine.