- September 17, 2014
The Government: letters q, w and x can have negative influence on the Lithuanian language
The Government agreed with the suggestion of the Ministry of Culture concerning the initiative of the group of members of Parliament, who proposed that all letters of the Latin alphabet, not only the Lithuanian ones, are allowed to be used in the names of companies and organizations.
In the motion, the government proves that these changes “can have negative influence on the Lithuanian language”.
It is also stated in the motion that, non-Lithuanian names of the organizations which would appear in public, would deform Lithuanian language, which is continuously empathized by the inhabitants of Vilnius.
The initiators of the changes argue that the limitations in the nomenclature causes problems for smaller companies to attract foreign investors and to export their goods.
If the changes are accepted, the organizations would be allowed to use additional letters of the Latin alphabet: x, q and w.
Translated by Ewa Żakowska within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.