Skopje moves closer to making Albanian official language

The Macedonian Assembly on Wednesday passed in a majority vote a conclusion on the Law on Languages.

Source: Tanjug
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Tanjug said in its report that this means a decision has been made that Macedonia needs such a law.

The head of the parliamentary group of the most influential opposition VMRO-DPMNE, Ilija Dimovski, said on the eve of the vote that this party would vote against, because they believe such a law is unconstitutional and discriminatory toward the Macedonian language and other languages ​​spoken by citizens in Macedonia.

The conclusion adopted today will be put up for a vote at the Assembly Committee on European Affairs first, "since the law has a European flag" - said the report.

The committee may consider the bill for three days, after which it will go back for a second reading in a plenary session, followed by Assembly members presenting their position on the legal text.

The law would make Albanian Macedonia's second official language, since that language is spoken by at least 20 percent of citizens and is used in all state organs, central institutions, public enterprises, agencies.

The same applies to local government units.

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