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Language Commissioner Slavisa Mladenovic hosted Canada's Ambassador, Mr Daniel Maksymiuk, and the representative of the Canada’s Ministry of Justice, Ms Laurie Wright

08.11.2017

The Language Commissioner, Slavisa Mladenovic, hosted today the Canada's Ambassador to Croatia (non-resident to Kosovo), Daniel Maksymiuk, and the Assistant to the Canada's Deputy Minister of Justice, Ms Laurie Wright.

Language Commissioner Mladenovic provided a comprehensive overview of the implementation of the Law on the Use Languages, highlighting the shortcomings in the poor quality of translation of laws that are then reflected in the work of courts and institutions in general. Given these findings, the Office of the Language Commissioner continuously endeavours to overcome the challenges through various projects aimed at full implementation of the Law on the Use Languages.

Among other things, Mr Mladenovic reemphasized that institutions face limited translation capacities and that Kosovo needs to have specialized legal translators so that translations are more qualitative.

Ambassador Daniel Maksymiuk expressed his readiness to intensify cooperation between Kosovo and Canada in the field of languages and support of bilingualism in Kosovo since Canada has a long and successful experience in this field.

Also, the representative of the Canada's Ministry of Justice, Ms Laurie Wright, provided some details of good practices and the way of drafting laws at the same time in both languages (English and French) in order to avoid all mistakes in translation. Throughout the conversation, Ms Wright expressed her readiness to provide Canada's expertise in this field.

Commissioner Mladenovic highly appreciated the strengthening of cooperation and stressed the importance of deepening this cooperation between the two countries in the field of languages by incorporating the best practices from Canada.

 

Office of the Language Commissioner was established in April 2012 under auspices of the  Office of the Prime Minister, pursuant to Regulation br.07/2012. The Office is mandated to oversee the implementation of the law on languages, works with institutions to improve the implementation of the law and promote and protect the right on the use of the language of all communities in Kosovo.

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