The PACE resolution on the Ukrainian law on education is neither a victory nor a loss for Ukraine. However, the government has not yet explained all advantages of this document to the citizens; Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s foreign minister tweeted this, commenting on the Assembly’s stance in this regard.
‘Today’s PACE decision is neither a victory nor the loss. We’ll keep working, waiting for the conclusions of the Venice Commission. But we haven’t yet made it clear about all the advantages of this law,’ Klimkin posted.
PACE adopted the resolution on the Ukrainian law on education on October 12. MPs condemned particular provisions of the law, saying it violates rights of the national minorities of Ukraine, taking from people the opportunity to be taught in their native language. The Ukrainian government denies these charges, insisting it protects the rights of all national minorities in this country.
The new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 25. In particular, it implements 12-years-long school program and allows teaching languages of national minorities only in specially created classes in Ukrainian schools.
This particular decision evoked outrage in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Hungary. Budapest even threatens to slow down the process of Ukraine’s integration with the EU.