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SLOVAKIAN STATE LANGUAGE ACT

EDM (Early Day Motion) 222: tabled on 24 November 2009

Tabled in the 2009-10 session.

This motion has been signed by 21 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House expresses its disapproval of the introduction of the State Language Act in Slovakia which makes Slovak the mandatory language to be used by all civil servants including teachers and doctors, and means that Slovak will be the only language used in public spaces, including schools and hospitals; believes that this law fails to uphold the intention of bilingual and multilingual initiatives within the European Union and actively represses the Hungarian community in Slovakia through preventing public use of their language and culture; notes the recommendation of the Mercator European Research Centre for Multilingualism and Language Learning conference that language legislation should be enabling, not restrictive; and that it should include measures to increase the linguistic options of both individuals and language communities, in public administration services, education, and the media.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.