EU to continue dialogue with Ukraine about possible violation of minorities' rights, - Mogherini

Source : 112 Ukraine

Dialogue will be continued on the basis of the Venice Commission's assessment of the law on education
21:38, 16 October 2017


EU High Representative for Common Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini stated that Brussels will continue the dialogue with Ukraine on the possible violation of minorities rights by the law on education, based on the conclusions of the Venice Commission. Mogerini said this on Monday in Luxembourg at a press conference following the meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Affairs, reports Unian.

According to her, this issue was not considered in the "other" section, but during the discussion on human rights.

"We already discussed this issue informally during our meeting in Tallinn in September, discussed it with President Poroshenko in New York during our bilateral meeting, and we agreed that we will wait for the Venice Commission's conclusion, which was invited regarding the implementation of the law, and the EU, based on this, will continue the dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities," Mogherini said.

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Earlier, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary Peter Siyarto said that he initiated consideration of the issue of violation of the Association Agreement by Ukraine because of the law on education at the next meeting of the Council of the Ukraine-EU Association.

We recall that Hungary announced its refusal to support the rapprochement of Ukraine with Europe, until the law on education is changed. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin noted that during the meeting with his Hungarian counterpart, he explained the details of the document against which Budapest stands.

After Hungary appealed to the UN to investigate Ukrainian education law, Minister of Human Resources of Hungary Zoltan Balog appealed with the official letter to the Ukrainian Minister of Education Liliia Grynevych and asked for a personal meeting to discuss the new ‘Law on Education’.  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 due to the ‘Law on Education’.

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