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FYR of Macedonia/ 5.1 General legislation  

5.1.9 Language laws

The Constitution and the Law on the Use of the Macedonian Language (1998) determine its official status and its use in the public sphere.

According the Ohrid Framework Agreement (2001), in the units of local self-government, where at least 20% of the population speak a language other than Macedonian, that language and its alphabet will be used as an official language, in addition to the Macedonian language and its Cyrillic alphabet (see also chapter 4.2.4).

However, DPA (Democratic Party of Albanians), unsatisfied with the use of the Albanian language in the Parliament, has announced that they will propose a new Language Law that should allow complete language equality for the Macedonian and Albanian language in the Parliament. 

Macedonian Radio Television as a Public Broadcasting Service fosters the use of the Macedonian language and the Cyrillic alphabet in radio and television programmes. The Second Channel of Macedonian Radio Television is completely open to programmes in the languages of the cultural communities, namely: Albanian, Turkish, Serbian, Romany, Vlach etc. (see also chapter 4.2.6).

Chapter published: 06-10-2015

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