On April 25, 2019 the Parliament adopted the Law On Ensuring the Functioning of the Ukrainian Language as the State Language (the "Law"). The Law has not entered into force yet that allows business to get ready for changes. The Law is expected to enter into force in the middle of July 2019. The transition period for some provisions varies from several months to 2,5 years.
The Law, among other things relevant for business, requires:
Violation of the mentioned requirements are subject to penalties, including fines.
What to do?
According to the Law the one and only thing to do is to verify relevant commercial information and make sure it is in Ukrainian and/or one of the EU official languages where applicable.
Given the above, business must be ready to invest time and funds in additional work. On the other hand, it can benefit from the new Law by increasing range of Ukrainian speaking customers.
For further information, please contact Asters' counsel Taras Kyslyy or associate Olena Kozhokar.