Poland opposes revision of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

Source : 112 Ukraine

Kyiv and Budapest should sort the dispute over Ukraine’s education law by dialogue, - Polish foreign ministry
15:07, 16 October 2017

The Polish government disapproved Hungary’s offer to reconsider the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement. This is mentioned in the statement released by Polish foreign ministry, as quoted by Ukrinform news agency.  

‘Poland does not see the opportunity of revision of the EU Association Agreement or the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area Agreement with Ukraine. The Polish side urges its Hungarian and Ukrainian partners to solve the dispute over the law on education by dialogue, based on respect of rights of national minorities and abiding by international and bilateral agreements,’ the document says.  

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The authority added that the specifics of learning Polish language in Ukraine are somewhat different from these concerning Hungarian language.  ‘Polish ministries of foreign affairs and education closely follow any possible relation of the mentioned law on Polish education in Ukraine, staying in constant touch with Ukrainian partners. Poland pays a lot of attention to studying Polish language – not only in Ukraine, but also in any other country where Poles live,’ the authority concluded.

As 112 International reported, governments of several neighboring countries expressed outrage at Ukraine’s education law, which was recently passed by the parliament. The language of tuition issue became one of the key problems in this regard. Authors of the bill tried to solve the dilemma: on the one hand, members of national minorities should have their rights preserved, that is – learning in their mother language, on the other – children should learn Ukrainian for successful integration with the rest of the Ukrainian society. Finally, MPs agreed that until 2020, the students will continue to learn by the current rules; however, the number of school subjects taught in Ukrainian will gradually grow.

Related: Hungary demands EU-Ukraine Association Agreement to be reconsidered

Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Russia and Bulgaria exclaimed concerns that the law could limit and violate rights of respective national minorities in Ukraine. The Ukrainian side has repeatedly denied these charges; leading officials, including President Petro Poroshenko, foreign minister Pavlo Klmkin and education Minister Liliya Hrynevych have been meeting with European colleagues, explaining Ukraine’s position in this regard.

Related: Ukraine and Poland to hold consultations on Education Law at ministerial level

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