President’s letter to the Cabinet (excerpts), 2021

On strengthening the Latvian language as the sole state language

[..]

A On the constitutional foundations of the Latvian language as the sole state language

[..]

B On the specific tasks in strengthening the status of the Latvian language as the sole state language

[..]

VI

[..]

The Russian language is a foreign language which is not more peculiar or more privileged than other foreign languages. Skills in that foreign language could only be demanded, if the labour conducted is mostly related with foreign countries where the use of that language is dominant.

[..]

VIII

In Latvia’s education system, English is learned as the first foreign language. [..] The state should actively promote and ensure learning of European Union official languages as second official languages in the education system [..]

[..]

X

[..]

I have already initiated to establish a lower value-added tax rate for Latvian original literature and for Latvian-language mass media

[..]


Document data: no. 126 of 26.04.2021 Link: https://www.president.lv/storage/kcfinder/files/VP_vest_26042021_126_PDF.pdf

Publisher’s notes: President Levits prefers to speak of Russian as “foreign” language, despite the presence of a reference to minority languages in the Article 114 of the Constitution.

Tagged: Tags