Ukraine has received the status of an associate member of the European Federation of National Institutions for Language (EFNIL), which will provide an opportunity to develop a strategy for legislative protection of the Ukrainian language as the future language of the EU.
The decision was made unanimously at an extraordinary meeting of the EFNIL General Assembly.
The State Language Protection Commissioner Taras Kremin stressed that now the front of the struggle for Ukraine is also the front of the Ukrainian language, so it is a great honour for the country to join the continental family of language institutions.
«After all, membership in EFNIL will give Ukraine the opportunity to formulate a strategy for the legislative protection of the Ukrainian language as the future language of the EU. At this difficult time for Ukraine, the support of Europe’s leading language institutions – our international partners – is very important to us», stressed Taras Kremin.
According to Taras Kremin, the struggle for language is also a struggle for the self-identity of the Ukrainian nation.
«Therefore, the conscious transition of our fellow citizens to the Ukrainian language, effective protection of the information field, comprehensive development of the language – is the protection of national interests, resistance to the aggressor country as well as the struggle for our independence», said Taras Kremin.
Speaking at the EFNIL General Assembly, he briefed European partners on the policy of genocide which is purposefully conducted by the Kremlin as well as the language policy.
«Thus, in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which have just been occupied by Russian troops, the enemies continue the policy of de-Ukrainization. Announcing the resumption of the educational process in schools, the occupiers emphasize that such subjects as The Ukrainian language, The Ukrainian literature and The History of Ukraine will not be studied», said Taras Kremin.