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Budapest to compromise with Kyiv after resolving Hungarian national minority issue, - Ambassador

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Venice Commission said Ukraine's law on education had problems
16:36, 25 September 2019

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Budapest will compromise with Kyiv, provided that the Ukrainian authorities resolve the issue with representatives of the Hungarian national minority. This was stated by the Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine Istvan Idyarto, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

"The Venice Commission says there is a problem with the law (on education, ed.) And this must be corrected through cooperation and conversation with minority representatives. We do not want to compromise Budapest and Kyiv. The most important subject of the law is the minority. If they will be able to reach a compromise with the Ministry of Education of Ukraine (Ed.), it will be good for us," the ambassador said.

Related: Hungary criticizes Ukrainian language law

As we reported earlier, on September 28, 2017, the law on education, which, in particular, determines that the language of the educational process in schools is Ukrainian, but according to the educational program can be taught in one or more disciplines in two or more languages, came into force in Ukraine. Persons who are belonging to national minorities are guaranteed the right to study in their native language, along with Ukrainian, in the specific classes of communal institutions of pre-school and primary education.

In particular, its regulation about the state language of education has drawn criticism in some circles in Ukraine and internationally. First of all, because of this, relations between Ukraine and Hungary have significantly intensified. The head of the administration of the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban, Gergi Guiash, said that the Ukrainian government "despised the rights of national minorities" and adopted a "semi-fascist" law on education.

On July 16, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine legitimated a language article of the law on education.

Related: Language law: Hungary hopes Zelensky will solve issues of national minorities

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