The Venice Commission of the Council of Europe (officially, The Commission's official name is the European Commission for Democracy through Law, - ed.) will render its conclusion on the new Ukrainian Law on Education on its December session, according to the Commission's secretariat as reported by UNIAN.
“The conclusion is getting ready by the December session of the Venice Commission,” the secretariat reported.
As we reported earlier, the Ukrainian government voluntarily sent the law to the Venice Commission for further evaluation.
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.
Peter Szijarto, Hungary’s foreign minister, also said he intends to initiate the review of the Association Agreement with Ukraine during the next session of the foreign ministers of the EU member-states in Luxemburg.
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe scheduled the urgent procedure debate “The new Ukrainian law on education: a major impediment to the teaching of national minorities' mother tongues” for today’s PACE session.