Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe will hold the urgent procedure debate “The new Ukrainian law on education: a major impediment to the teaching of national minorities' mother tongues”, scheduled among the Requests for Debate on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, according to the official PACE website.
The fourth part of the 2017 Ordinary Session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe kicks off in Strasburg today, on October 9. The final order of the day of the autumn session is not approved yet.
President Petro Poroshenko will deliver a speech at the autumn session of the PACE on October 11.
As we reported earlier, official Budapest insists on the reconsideration of the language article of the law because the Hungarian authorities think that it violates the rights of the 150 000 people of Hungarian national minority in Zakarpattia.
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.
After Hungary appealed to the UN to investigate Ukrainian education law last week, Minister of Human Resources of Hungary Zoltan Balog appealed with the official letter to the Ukrainian Minister of Education Liliia Grynevych and asked for a personal meeting to discuss the new ‘Law on Education’. 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’.
Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin stated that Ukrainian authorities are working to ensure the maximum comfort of our Hungarian origin compatriots in connection with the entry of the law on education into force.