PACE adopts the resolution on Ukrainian education law

The resolution condemns the separate article of the law and urges the Ukrainian government to heed the recommendations of the Venice Commission

14:12, 12 October 2017

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Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council adopted a resolution on recent Ukraine’s education law in the course of today's’ debates, the 112 Ukraine channel reports.

In particular, the voting of the members of PACE concerned the article 7 of the law adopted.

81 member of the assembly supported the resolution, 11 voted against and 17 abstained.

The resolution condemns the separate article of the law and urges the Ukrainian government to heed the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

As we reported earlier, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe held the urgent debates today. 

An urgent debate on has been initiated by the head of the Romanian delegation Titus Corlăţean. The request was supported by more than 20 MEPs from Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Moldova, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Great Britain.

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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.

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Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko had a speech at the PACE yesterday, on Wednesday, where he explained the language situation in Ukraine.

Ukrainian government voluntarily sent the law to the Venice Commission for further evaluation. The later shall render their conclusion on the law on Education in December.