“A lack of people and funds to implement the Law on the Official Use of Minority Communities’ Languages at local level”, is the general picture in 31 local government units using more than one language in official use, with a population of over 800.000 citizens. “Residents in these communities aren’t informed about the benefits and limitations of local multilingual language policies. None of these LGUs has a specialized translation unit as part of its municipal administration”.
These are some of the key findings of the study “Local policies for language minority communities: tools for effective implementation” which was publically presented on April 30, 2014 at the EU Info Centre in Skopje. The Study was elaborated by the Institute for Democracy Societas Civilis Skopje (IDSCS) with the support of the Slovak and Balkan Public Policy Fund.
The author of the Study, Jovan Bliznakovski, presented the findings of their research, conducted in the period November 2013 to April of 2014. The objective of this research is to inform the relevant decision makers and policy makers at local and central level about the challenges and the successful practices associated with the implementation of multilingualism policies at local level.
Mr. Atula Kasumi, State Advisor in the Secretariat for Implementation of the Ohrid Framework Agreement (SSRD) presented SSRD’s activities in the field of using the languages of minority communities at the local level, while Doc. Dr. Nenad Markovic, Law Faculty “Iustinianus Primus”, gave emphasis to the study as its reviewer. The discussion was moderated by Vladimir Misev, president of IDSCS.