Conference: “Implementation of the Law on the Use of Languages – Activities and Challenges”
28 March 2019
The conference on the topic "Implementation of the Law on the Use of Languages - Activities and Challenges", organized by the Office of the Language Commissioner was held yesterday at the Sirius Hotel in Pristina. The aim of the conference was to gather all those who undertook certain activities for the promotion of language and linguistic rights in Kosovo.
The conference was opened by Language Commissioner, Mr. Slavisa Mladenovic, presenting the main aspects of the 2018 Office's Report and challenges as well as the strategic goals in the future work of the Office. Ambassadors, of OSCE Mission in Kosovo - Jan Braathu, of Great Britain - Ruairi O'Connell, of Switzerland - Jean-Hubert Lebet and Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway - Stein-Ivar Lothe Eide in their opening speeches gave great support to the Office of the Language Commissioner and projects in the areas of language, supported by their embassies, which were, afterwards, presented by the organizations that implemented them. "Multilingualism should not be understood as a burden but a richness of a nation," said Mr O'Connell, as was repeated through speeches by the other ambassadors as well.
The conference, in one place, gathered numerous civic organizations that presented their projects and researches in the field of language rights in Kosovo conducted in cooperation with Commissioner’s Office or international partners. Over 10 organizations had the opportunity to present their and learn about others’ projects and activities.
Through the presentation of the application for language learning, over the education of young people and the research of public opinion on the use of languages in their environment, all the way to the language as mean of help in the employment, it has been proven that language is an essential element in every sphere of society.
At the closing of the conference, the Commissioner thanked everyone for their cooperation and activities and indicated that the main purpose of this event was fulfilled, which is mutual acknowledgement and inspiration for future cooperation.
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.