PM hopes name spelling law to be adopted in autumn

Lithuanian grammar
Foto: A.Stackevič nuotr.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius expressed hope on Tuesday a law on the spelling of non-Lithuanian names in documents would be adopted in the fall upon receipt of conclusions of the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language.

The prime minister told that to journalists in the south-eastern District of Šalčininkai, with several hours left until the presentation of the bill to the parliament.

According to the prime minister, the bill, which would allow the original spelling of non-Lithuanian names using Latin-based characters, would receive initial backing and linguists would be asked to present their conclusions before the final vote.

"Judging from the information I have received from the coalition partners, they said they would back it, of course, perhaps not unanimously. Following initial backing, the bill would be sent further to the State Commission of the Lithuanian Language, and we will wait for their conclusions. I hope that to happen in the fall," Butkevičius told journalists.

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