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Language Commissioner Slavisa Mladenovic Meets With Ambassador Lamberto Zannier, OSCE High Commissioner on national Minorities, HCNM.

02.04.2019

1.04.2019
Prishtina



At the premises of the Government of the Republic of Kosovo, the Language Commissioner Slavisa Mladenovic hosted a meeting with Lamberto Zanier, OSCE Senior Commissioner on National Minorities.

The meeting focused on the respect for human rights with particular emphasis on the respect for language rights. Commissioner Mladenovic presented the shortcomings and challenges faced by the Office of the Language Commissioner (OLC), as well as the achievements in terms of respect for language rights in Kosovo.

Commissioner Mladenovic said that the OSCE has supported the Office since its establishment and has continuously proven to be one of the most serious partners of the OLC in relation to language issues. We hope that this practice continues in the future, said Mladenovic.
 
Ambassador Zanier expressed his satisfaction with the provided contribution and reiterated that language rights and protection of minorities are very important in encouraging tolerance and non-discrimination as a key aspect for developed democracies. On this occasion, he also delivered the textbooks for learning Albanian and Serbian languages for civil servants in Kosovo.

This project has been developed by ECMI and OLC and financed by the High Commissioner on National Minorities.


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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