Hungary's position on education law won't affect Council of Europe assessment

Source : 112 Ukraine

Permanent representative of Ukraine to Council of Europe, Dmytro Kuleba noted that the Council of Europe experts took part in drafting the law
23:26, 26 September 2017

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Hungary's position on the Law on Education will not affect the assessment of the Council of Europe. This was reported by the permanent representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe, Dmytro Kuleba, on the air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"This is the main advantage of the Council of Europe experts that they are looking at the issue in a remote way: they have a very large experience in preparing such conclusions and analyzing such legislation, so, of course, Budapest will hold its line, prove its position, and we will prove ours, will do this exactly in terms of existing standards, "he said, noting that an assessment of the Council of Europe should be expected in a few months.

Kuleba stressed that, according to the law, no minority should be discriminated, especially since the experts of the Council of Europe took part in the preparation.

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"Our position is absolutely convincing, and we do not plan to discriminate any minority.  Actually, the work on the law lasted for more than a year, as far as I know, and the experts of the Council of Europe actively joined in. Changes to the article that causes the most controversy were made in the parliament during the most acute phase of the discussion. But it would be a clear exaggeration to say that our partners did not know what the new law and the new system would be. At the same time it must be clearly understood: they were completely satisfied with the state of things which existed before the adoption of this law, so it doesn't matter in what direction we would change it, they would still be strongly dissatisfied, "he said.

In addition, the Permanent Representative stressed that Ukraine does not plan to sever relations with Hungary, but rather is ready to develop them and "work to ensure that the rights of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine are maximally protected in accordance with international standards and Ukrainian legislation."

As reported, President Petro Poroshenko signed the law of Ukraine #2145 VII ‘On Education’ on September 25. Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia and Moldova expressed the protests towards the law.

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’.

Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Liliia Grynevych announced the date of the negotiations between Ukraine and Hungary on ‘Law on Education’. The meeting is planned for October 19.

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