SLOVAKIA has received several recommendations from the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE) concerning the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages. The recommendations were designed by a committee of experts appointed by the CoE’s committee of ministers, the TASR newswire reported.
According to the recommendations, Slovakia should re-evaluate the requirement, set out in the country’s language law, that a minority language can be used in public administrative dealings only when 20 percent of local inhabitants speak the language in question.
The committee also recommended the Slovak government ensure that all minority languages are taught at all respective levels of education and inform parents about the availability of classes.
The accessibility of public-service TV and radio broadcasts in minority languages should be improved, and the government should support private radio and TV broadcasting in minority languages, TASR reported.
The committee also recommended that Slovakia support publishing of newspapers in minority languages.
Compiled by Michaela Stanková from press reports
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11. Aug 2010 at 14:00