Petro Poroshenko has signed the law on the share of the state language in the media and thanked journalists for initiating the introduction of quotas and getting the Ukrainian language back on track.
"This is your initiative and proposals that I've just endorsed. The lawmakers did a brilliant job, and I had a great pleasure and great honor to sign it [the quotas law - ed.]," Poroshenko said.
He noted that by this decision the Ukrainian language is now protected among other languages in Ukraine.
"No one is against hearing other languages from TV screens, but it is unacceptable that the share of the Ukrainian language on any Ukrainian channel is 15, 20, 25 percent. Thank God we managed to protect it," he said.
On May 23, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada approved draft law No. 5313. It suggests establishing mandatory quotas of broadcasts and films on TV in the Ukrainian language, stipulating 75 percent of the national language for public TV channels, 50 percent for regional ones, and 75 percent for news broadcasts. The bill was signed be Speaker Andrii Parubii.
In November last year, a similar law on language quotas on radio entered into force. It stipulates that Ukrainian language songs make 25 percent of content during the first year, 30 percent - during the second, 35 percent - during the third.