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- Official Languages in Kosovo are Albanian and Serbian.

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On the occasion of European Day of Languages, Commissioner Mladenovic meets the students of University of Prizren

26.09.2017

 

On the occasion of marking the European Day of Languages, the Office of the Language Commissioner in cooperation with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) - Mission in Kosovo organized a joint meeting with the students and professors of University of Prizren, as well as with non-governmental organizations and municipal officials.

 

The Language Commissioner, Slavisa Mladenovic presented the work of the Office and explained the importance of marking this day.

 

"Knowledge of official languages is a social advantage, but it also has a significant impact on the employment. Given the subtlety of languages in general, more needs to be done in the field of education, by learning the local languages. Thus you will have the opportunity in the future to preserve and cultivate our shared values", said Mladenovic.

 

In this meeting, beside OSCE officials, were also present Mr. Kujtim Pacaku, a former deputy of the Assembly of the Republic of Kosovo and also an activist and representative of Roma culture and language, and Mr. Sadik Idriz, Vice-Rector and Professor at the Public University of Prizren.

 

During this meeting, many students asked questions and Commissioner Mladenovic had the opportunity to provide additional explanations about the right of use of official languages in the institutions of the country.

 

In case of violation of this right, Language Commissioner Slavisa Mladenovic, in front of students and others, described the details about the complaint procedures and the methods of solving the complaints.

 

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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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