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73. Recognises that, in terms of their legal framework, citizenship, language and education policies have been brought into line with international standards; calls, however, on the Latvian authorities to ensure bilingual school education, including the final exams, according to the current rules, which envisage 60% of teaching in the state language and 40% in the minority language; stresses the necessity of maintaining adequate scope for minority language teaching; considers that flexible application of the education law could contribute to social and economic integration of the Russian-speaking minority in Latvian society and promote dialogue so as to soften tensions with this minority, which represents a significant part of the population;
74. Welcomes the increase in the naturalisation rate in 2003 mainly due to the referendum campaign for the EU accession, even if the naturalisation process remains too slow; therefore invites the Latvian authorities to promote that process and considers that minimum language requirements for elderly people may contribute to it; (..)
Document data: European Parliament resolution P5_TA(2004)0180 on the comprehensive monitoring report of the European Commission on the state of preparedness for EU membership of the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia Link: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2F%2FEP%2F%2FTEXT+TA+P5-TA-2004-0180+0+DOC+XML+V0%2F%2FEN
Publisher’s note: in fact, the language proportions imposed on minority high schools in early 2004 (by amending the Education Law) have been more restrictive: at least (!) 60% of teaching in the state language and no more than (!) 40% in the minority language.