During the meeting between Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bondar and the delegation of the Council of Europe on Feb. 1, the implementation of the project on strengthening the protection of national minorities in Ukraine was discussed. This program is to be a part of the joint EU - Council of Europe program Partnership for Good Governance, as the press service of Ukraine’s MFA informs.
“Increasing the potential of the Ukrainian authorities that are responsible for the issues of national minorities and the language policy that implement the mechanisms of coordination and consultation with all interested parties is to become an important component of the project,” the ministry said.
The education reform was mentioned and the “importance of aiding representatives of some national minorities in learning the state language” was noted.
In the framework of the commencing of the new project, a number of consultations were scheduled with the state authorities, representatives of NGOs and public organizations of national minorities.
The Project Partnership for Good Governance, worth €33.8 million, will fund joint programs in its EaP beneficiary countries focused to support the modernization efforts through serious legal reforms and to speed up their political association and economic integration in order to bring them closer to Council of Europe and European Union standards.