Education law creates unfavorable conditions for education in national minorities' languages

Source : 112 Ukraine

Jagland noted the importance of the possibility of the national minorities to speak their language in the countries where they live
17:53, 6 October 2017

Council of Europe

The signing of the new 'Law on Education' by Petro Poroshenko creates the least favorable conditions for the national minorities to get the education in their native language. It is stated in the article of Secretary General of the European Council Thorbjørn Jagland that he dedicated to the language issue in Europe and Ukraine.

The head of Ukraine 'steps at the thin line' due to such actions. At the same time, Jagland welcomed the initiative of Poroshenko to submit the text of the law for the considering by the European Council.

Related: Hungary's Foreign Minister: Budapest, Bucharest to jointly oppose Ukraine’s education law

According to Jagland, the governments of the European countries are worried by the perspectives of 400 000 students in Ukraine who study and speak in the language of the national minorities.

'I do not doubt that this issue will be the main for the parliamentarians the next week when President Poroshenko to appeal to the PACE', he thinks.

Related: Issue on debates on Ukrainian education law submitted to PACE

The Secretary General notes that every seventh European citizen is a part of the speech or national minority. This is why the governments of the countries should provide the complete fulfillment of the language rights of these people.

'Of course, the minorities in Europe should speak the state language of their state. It is essential for their complete participation in the life of the society and the state should implement the tools that are needed for their education'.

Related: Hungarian Ambassador expects positive settlement of dispute on education law issue

President Petro Poroshenko signed the law of Ukraine #2145-VII 'On Education' adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on September 5.

Hungary protests against the new ‘Law on education’ and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Szijjarto claimed that the government of Hungary decided to block all further decisions of the EU that aim for the rapprochement of the EU with Ukraine. Also, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia, Poland and Moldova stood against this law.

Permanent Representative of Ukraine at the European Council Dmytro Kuleba claimed that the Hungary’s attitude will not influence the estimation of the European Council.  

Poroshenko will speak at the PACE on October 11.

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