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Ukraine's education law 'semi-fascist', - Hungarian official

Gergely Gulyas, the head of administration of Hungarian PM expressed hope that Budapest will be able to 'communicate with the next Ukrainian government because it failed to contact the current one'
12:52, 22 February 2019

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Hungary once again blamed the Ukrainian law on education, considering it a 'violation of the rights of national minorities'. Gergely Gulyas, the head of administration of Hungarian PM Viktor Orban said that as quoted by the Hungarian government's press office.  

The official stated that the Ukrainian government has been 'oppressing the rights of the national minorities', passing the 'semi-fascist' education law. 

Gulyas said he'd hope that Budapest will be able to 'communicate with the next Ukrainian government because it failed to contact the current one'. 

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The head of Orban's administration added that Hungary expected Ukraine to submit changes to that law.

When the Ukrainian Parliament passed the Law on Education in autumn 2017, the Hungarian government heavily protested, as the law stipulates that after the primary school, the children will be only taught in the Ukrainian language - without the opportunity to be taught in the language of any national minority. Budapest considered the law an assault on the rights of the national minorities in Ukraine. However, the Venice Commission supported Ukraine in this regard, finding that the law allowed no violations in this area. 

Related: Hungary to block Ukraine’s participation in NATO summit over education law

After long-lasting negotiations, Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijarto said there was tangible progress and said his government would not turn its back on the actual edition of the law.

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