We should actively defend our vision of national minorities rights, - Poroshenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

He noted that the education law should not distance Ukraine fro Europe
16:41, 28 September 2017

Presidential Administration of Ukraine

President Petro Poroshenko thinks that the 'Law on Education' should not distance Ukraine from Europe but conversely approximate. He claimed this during the meeting with the representatives of the education broadcasted by 112 Ukraine.

'We should male a lot of efforts to explain our attitude to our European partners and first of all to our neighbors; to prove them and all European structures that the language article of the Ukrainian education law completely correspond the European practices. It is important to hear each other in this discussion. We heard them and they surely should hear us', Poroshenko said.

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Also, the president noted that Ukraine plans in future to defend its vision of the obligatory guarantees of the rights of the national minorities.

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'As far as I understand, the Ministry of Education already requested to the European Council, Venice Commission and I would like to ask our respected minister not to be passive awaiters and actively defend our vision of the obligatory guarantees of the rights of the national minorities'.

The 'Law on Education' came into force on September 28 and it provides 12 years of education.

Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia and Moldova stood against this law.

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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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