Law on education contradicts Ukraine’s commitments to EU, NATO, - Hungary’s Ambassador

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hungary does not consider the threat to block Euro-integration initiatives of Ukraine as the blackmail
17:59, 7 March 2018

Ukrainian News

Hungary will not support the international strivings of Ukraine until the conflict around the law on education is settled. Erno Keskeny, the Ambassador of Hungary to Ukraine claimed, Ukrainian News reported.

‘Our position is next: until Ukraine does not change this, we will not be able to support the international striving of Ukraine’, the ambassador emphasized.

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At the same time, he categorically denies that such pressure is the direct blackmailing of the Ukrainian authorities.

‘Ukraine does not discharge the commitments to the EU and the NATO by the fact that it adopted the law on education that seriously violates the rights of the national minorities’, the ambassador claimed, commenting the situation when Hungary imposed the veto at the session of Ukraine-NATO commission. He explained that the annual program of the preparation of Ukraine to the NATO includes the development of the possibilities for the national minorities and the adopted law on education absolutely contradicts this.

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Keskeny added that Budapest agrees to settle for a compromise in the case if the local Hungarians will consider the measures on the remediation of the situation assumed by Ukraine satisfactory.

‘The principal position of the Hungarian government is the next: the things that are good for the local Hungarians are good for the government. If the locals say that the situation is solved by a soothing way then the government will accept this’, he claimed.

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At the same time, the Hungarian side categorically does not accept the restrictions of the already present right of the Zakarpattia Hungarians to get the education in the mother-language at all levels but can be educated in the Ukrainian on the method of the foreign language.

The new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 25. In particular, it introduces a 12-year-long school program and limits the number of subjects taught in the languages of national minorities. This particular decision evoked outrage in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Hungary. Budapest even threatened to slow down the process of Ukraine’s integration with the EU.

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