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Starting July 16, law on language violations will be punished by a warning or a fine – Kremin

15.07.2022, 14:58
Photo: Kateryna Khoroshchak / life.pravda.com.ua
Photo: Kateryna Khoroshchak / life.pravda.com.ua

State Language Protection Commissioner Taras Kremin says that starting July 16, violations of the language legislation will be punished with a warning or a fine according to the Language Commissioner's decision.

He said this at his July 15 briefing in Kyiv, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

"The algorithm prescribed by law is as follows. The Commissioner's representatives, who unfortunately are not available in every region, will be able to draw up administrative protocols, and then I, as the Commissioner, will review them and issue resolutions in the form of warnings or fines," he said.

He reminded that starting July 16, Section 7 Subsection 1 of the Article "Final and transitional provisions" of the language law, which amends the Code of Ukraine on administrative offenses, will enter into force.

From this moment on, the authorized person will be able to impose fines on officials of state authorities and local governments, managers and employees of enterprises, institutions and organizations of all forms of ownership, and other natural persons who violate the language law.

Depending on the compiled administrative offense protocol, the penalty may be imposed in the form of a warning or a fine from UAH 3,400 to UAH 8,500 for a first time violation, and the fine for repeated violations committed within a year is from UAH 8,500 to UAH 11,900. Also, a fine from UAH 1,700 to UAH 3,400 is provided for repeated non-fulfilment of the requirements.

Fines can also be imposed for violations of the language law in the field of education, science, culture, book publishing, user interfaces, mass information, public events, advertising, technical and project information, health care, sports, telecommunications, postal services communications, and transport.

At the same time, the Language Commissioner noted that fines can be contested in court.

As reported by IMI, starting July 16, fines will be imposed for violations of language legislation, but this does not apply to the use of russian language in everyday life.

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