19 Jun 2023 12:44

Ukraine drafting legislation defining English as language of international communication

MOSCOW. June 19 (Interfax) - The Ukrainian government is drawing up legislation that would formalize the status of the English language as a language of international communication and is devising a system of measures to make its studying more available to Ukrainians, Prime Minister Denis Shmygal said.

"In parallel with Ukraine's integration with the EU, we're also stepping up cooperation with the international community. Along with this, the need for people knowing the English language is growing. Its studying should become more available to Ukrainians. We have held a conference on this subject involving the Digital Development Ministry and the Culture Ministry. Preparing a draft that would legislatively define the English language as a language of international communication," Ukrainian media quoted Shmygal as saying on social media.

"Solutions are also being explored to make the studying of English more available to all those willing," he said.

"Looking forward to the arrival of a number of foreign companies and investors that would develop their businesses and create jobs here. The English language provides broad access to knowledge, the labor market, informational and cultural products, and higher salaries. Ukrainians should also gain these advantages, which would help Ukraine establish itself as a regional leader," Shmygal said.