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European Day of Languages gets marked in Gjilan

26.09.2017

 

The Office of the Language Commissioner (OLC) has participated in a roundtable in which were present municipal officials of the Gjilan region, citizens and representatives of Non-Governmental Organizations. This roundtable was organized in honour of marking the European Day of Languages, in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) - Mission in Kosovo.

 

Representatives of OLC have spoken to a wide audience about the importance of knowing as many European languages as possible but with special emphasis also on respecting the right of official languages in the Republic of Kosovo.

 

It was stated in this meeting that it is more than obvious that official languages and languages in official use in municipalities are not at the desired level, but the Office is continuously working to better implement the Law on the Use of Languages.

 

On this occasion, promotional materials were distributed to the audience with the aim of sensitizing the importance of the European Day of Languages and also of the Office in general.  

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European Year of Languages was declared in 2001. It was organized jointly by the Council of Europe and the European Union, and due to a successful year which included millions of people who kept from 45 participating countries, the Council of Europe declared September 26 to be the European Day of Languagesm, now and in future.Kosovo this year celebrates this day for the fourth time.


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Office of the Language Commissioner was established in April 2012 under auspices of the  Office of the Prime Minister, pursuant to Regulation br.07/2012. The Office is mandated to oversee the implementation of the law on languages, works with institutions to improve the implementation of the law and promote and protect the right on the use of the language of all communities in Kosovo.

 

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