Belarusian MPs approved law making Belarusian language on labels optional


The draft law “On Amendments and Additions to the Law of the Republic of Belarus On Protection of Consumers’ Rights”, which was reviewed yesterday in the House of Representatives, upheld the rule that gives the manufacturer a choice of language in which to provide information about a product or service: Belarusian or Russian.

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As explained by a member of the Standing Committee on Housing Policy and Construction Natallia Zhybul, when preparing the draft, deputies were guided by the position of the Belarusian manufacturers who claim that legally binding obligation to provide information about products, services and the Belarusian and Russian languages ​​would entail a substantial rise in the cost of these goods and services.

Previously, the issue of the Belarusian language used on the labels caused a debate in the society. Blogger Anton Matolka and activist Ihar Sluchak created a petition for the Belarusian language to appear on the labels of domestic goods.

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