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A roundtable with NGOs and local media is held

10.11.2017

10 November 2017 Prishtine

 

The Office of Language Commissioner, in cooperation with the Working Group on issues related to languages, in the Consultative Council for Communities/Office of the President, organized the roundtable with the topic “Local Media and Civil Society approach to the use and promotion of the official languages in the Municipality’’.

The roundtable was attended by the representatives of civil society, local media, municipal offices for communities and return from the five (5) municipalities in Prishtina region: Prishtina, Graçanice, Lipjan, Obiliq and Fushë Kosove. The roundtable was also attended by representatives from the Office of Ombudsperson and a representative from the Ministry of Local Government Administration.

 The Language Commissioner, Slavisa Mladenovic, gave detailed explanations before the attendees on the role and the Office of the Language Commissioner in the implementation of the Law on Languages.

During the debate was discussed about finding various modalities in the local media and civil society approach to the use and promotion of official languages. Commissioner Mladenovic used this opportunity and urged all NGOs and local media that were present to deepen their cooperation with the respective Office. 

“Cooperation with NGOs and local media for us is extremely important. You can report some of the field irregularities in your media, to us, and in this way your contribution to the promotion and respect of official languages and languages in official use in the municipality would be very positive", among other things stated Mladenovic.

 

The next debate will be held in Kamenica, then in Vitomirica, Zvecan and Dragash.

 

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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