Ukrainian Recognized as an EU Language
Officially, Ukrainian has become one of the languages for translation in the EU. It has been included in the European Commission's eTranslation translation system, which will make the translation of EU legislation into Ukrainian and vice versa more efficient.
This was reported by the Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine.
For Ukraine, this is an important strategic step that will facilitate negotiations on membership in the European Union.
“ Now we can translate EU legislation from English into Ukrainian. This will help us analyse and implement them faster. And vice versa, Ukrainian legislation can now be translated into EU languages,” the statement said.
eTranslation is a free online tool for translating texts and official documents into 24 EU languages.
The Ministry emphasized that this is also an additional step towards European integration for Ukraine.
“All this became possible within the framework of participation in the EU's Digital Europe program, which Ukraine joined in 2022, and thanks to the joint work of the Government Office for Coordination of European and Euro-Atlantic Integration with DG Translate and DG Connect,” the Ministry of Digital Transformation summarized.
Earlier this year, the European Union launched the Digital Transformation for Ukraine (DT4UA) project, under which it is allocating €17.4 million in aid. The project will improve the efficiency, security, and accessibility of public services for citizens and businesses in Ukraine in line with EU requirements.
As a reminder, in early May, France published a unique Ukrainian language self-study book for French speakers as part of the well-known Langue pour tous linguistic project. The Ukrainien tout de suite textbook offers readers texts on the history of Ukraine, Ukrainian iconic cities, Ukrainian culture, and prominent figures of the past and present.
Earlier, Duolingo, a free online platform for learning foreign languages, reported that the biggest trend of 2022 on its resource was a surge in people's interest in the Ukrainian language.
According to the platform, after Russia's invasion of Ukraine on February 24, more than 1.3 million people around the world began learning Ukrainian.
“Some of the most common reasons why people learn a language are for study, work, and travel, with a growing number of people interested in learning about culture. But this year, we saw a new reason: solidarity,” Duolingo said in its annual report based on data from more than 500 million of its learners.