After a heated debate, the Moldovan parliament adopted a law recognizing the Moldovan language as Romanian. The change in the law is the result of a legislative initiative that governs the country of the pro-Western Action and Solidarity Party (PAS).
unicameral parliament Moldova adopted on Thursday, after first reading, a bill recognizing the Moldovan language as Romanian. The debate on the recognition of the Moldovan language as identical to the Romanian language was full of emotions.
MPs from the opposition Bloc of Socialists and Communists (BCS), represented in the 101-member parliament by 32 deputies, tried to disrupt the debate and vote.
Despite earlier declarations by the BCS leaders to boycott the vote, the deputies of this pro-Russian bloc returned to the meeting room, where 56 PAS deputies passed the bill.
Consequences of the ruling of the Constitutional Court of Moldova
During the debate, MPs from the pro-Western Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) explained that the recognition of the Moldovan language as identical to the Romanian language was necessary due to the ruling of the Constitutional Court of Moldova in 2013, which ruled that the Moldovan language is in fact “the Romanian language spoken on the territory of Moldova”.
According to the draft approved on Thursday, within 30 days of its entry into force, public authorities “competent to adopt, approve or issue legal acts” must make the necessary changes replacing the phrase “Moldovan language” with the term “Romanian language” in the regulations.
The prevailing opinion among linguists is that the Moldovan language does not differ significantly from the official Romanian language.
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