By now, 51 violations have been recorded, while 13 cautions have been issued.
12 August 2021
Over the past six months, the Secretariat of the State Language Protection Commissioner has received 2,126 reports on violation of the so-called “language law.”
In January, the Law “On Ensuring the Functioning of Ukrainian as the State Language” came into force requiring the service providers to provide the services and information in the official language. As many as 647 complaints, the largest number, were filed by concerned individuals during this period.
In the months that followed, their number fell threefold but rose again to reach 327 in July when several new rules of the law came into force. These rules apply to book publishing, tourism, television, and the film industry.
Most often, citizens complained about online stores and websites providing services, and the business service sector with 32% and 24% of appeals filed, respectively.
|Online stores and service websites||683||32.1%|
|State authorities and local governments||151||7.1%|
|Television and radio broadcasting||111||5.2%|
|Education and science||80||3.8%|
|Clarification of certain rules of the Law||65||3.1%|
|Security and law enforcement agencies||28||1.3%|
|Book publishing and print media||1||0.0%|
According to the State Language Protection Commissioner, the above appeals have resulted in 95 investigations being initiated, of which 55 have been completed so far. Fifty-one entities were found non-compliant with 13 inflictors cautioned. The law provides that any repeated violation within a year is punishable by paying a penalty of UAH
As to the territorial distribution, the lion’s share of appeals— 754—has been filed by residents of Kyiv and the Kyiv Region. Distribution by region:
Lviv Region — 249
Kharkiv Region — 160
Odesa Region — 99
Chernihiv Region — 97
Dnipropetrovsk Region — 95
The Rivne Region had the lowest (11) number of complaints.
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