Local Language Policies for Non-Majority Communities
This public policy study has been prepared in the framework of the policy research project “Local language policies for non-majority communities: tools for more effective implementation”, implemented by the Institute for Democracy “Societas Civilis” – Skopje (IDSCS), and supported by the Slovak and Balkan Public Policy Fund. The goal of the project is to inform the decision-making and policy-making bodies of Macedonia’s local selfgovernment units (LSGUs), as well as the decision makers in the national state institutions, on the problems, challenges and success stories regarding the implementation of multilingual official language policies at the local level in Macedonia. As a second objective, the project aims to articulate and publically promote available policy choices for the LSGUs’ policy-makers which would make the process of implementation of the right the use one’s mother tongue in official communication more effective for the members of non-majority communities. Finally, on the basis of this document, IDSCS will continue to advocate improvement of the implementation of Article 7 of the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia, which provides the basis for the use of non-majority languages as official languages at the local level and will continue to promote the registered problems in implementation, as well as possible policy scenarios that could prospectively contribute to a more effective implementation.
The full document can be found here: http://idscs./ljp-nemnozinski-zaednici-eng.pdf