The Government of Ukraine has obliged officials to communicate with citizens of the country in an accessible language, avoiding the use of complex constructions, professional vocabulary and abbreviations in speech. This was reported by the Ukrainian agency «Ukrinform» on Saturday, November 18.
It is noted that the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers approved recommendations of 30 points, according to which officials should transmit information in accessible formats. It is also proposed to place important information at the beginning of the document, highlighting it in bold or framed.
«Today we cannot waste time on information that is difficult to perceive. Officials sin by providing a lot of explanations that complicate the perception of the material presented,» the agency quoted Acting Minister of Culture of Ukraine Rostislav Karandeev as saying.
He added that the adoption of the recommendation is a real step towards «understanding the content of the main information messages of government documents.»
Earlier, in the summer of this year, the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, proposed to oblige officials and the military to study English. He submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a bill consolidating the status of English as one of the languages of international communication in Ukraine and establishing categories of employees who are required to know it. These include officials, chairmen of local state administrations and their deputies, military officers, middle and senior police officers, prosecutors, employees of tax and customs authorities, heads of subjects of the public sector of the economy.