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Zilupe mayor’s language skills declared inadequate

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULanguage skills of Chairman of Zilupe Council Oleg Agafonov do not comply with established language requirements, as concluded by specialists of the State Language Centre during a check.

According to VVC, after several failed attempts the centre’s specialists finally managed to measure Agafonov’s state language skills. Results state that his knowledge of Latvian language are inadequate for his post. An administrative breach report was filed on 18 August.

It is planned to view the case about Agafonov’s lacking language skills and make a decision on it within the next month.

Since the centre had previously received three complaints about Agafonov’s language skills, it was the centre’s duty to check this information and provide answers to authors of those complaints.

The first two attempts to check Agafonov’s knowledge of the Latvian language were unsuccessful because he was sick in the first case and on vacation in the second case.

Agafonov is not the only politician whose language skills have been noticed by VVC. One year ago, VVC performed the assessment of language skills at Daugavpils City Council. Results of tests undergone by deputies Vladislav Bojarun, Jurijs Zaicevs and Aleksandrs Samarins were unsatisfactory. VVC declared their skills as inadequate for their posts.

In order for the aforementioned deputies to continue performing their duties, the municipality allocated EUR 2,300 to each of them to finance their language courses.

Recently, the same amount was allocated by Daugavpils City Council to finance language courses for Viktors Pucka, who had replaced Jevgenij Carev as a member of the city council last year.

A repeated test of Bojarun’s language skills showed that his skills remain below the required level in spite of taking language courses. With that, VVC has turned to court against the deputy in relation to his inadequate language skills.

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