TALLINN - In its second annual report on Estonia's progress toward European Union membership, the European Commission harshly criticized this country's language laws, calling them a step backwards for the Baltic state. The 1999 regular report, released Oct. 13, said despite Estonia's overall positive progress, the language laws may slow down the country's bid to join the European Union. The report said the laws are unfavorable to business relationships and they tend to discriminate against minorities. "The adoption of the language law, which restricts access of non-Estonian speakers in poli...
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