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EU Delegation in Ukraine surprised by disputes over education law
12:18, 20 October 2017
EU Delegation in Ukraine surprised by disputes over education law

Hugues Mingarelli expressed hope that Ukraine will find the right balance between the need for citizens to know state language and respect for the right of ethnic minorities to learn their native language

12:18, 20 October 2017

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Delegation of the European Union in Ukraine is surprised by the controversy that arose because of the adoption of the law on education. The head of the Representation Hugues Mingarelli stated this in an exclusive interview for 112 International Insight’s Elina Beketova.

""We were surprised by such disputes and believe that it is important to find the right balance. Of course, all Ukrainians need to know the state language, but at the same time, one should respect the rights of ethnic minorities, a large number of which live in Ukraine. They should be sure that they can that they can speak their native language. Now it is very important to wait for the decision of the Venice Commission, and we know that the authorities will consider its conclusion, "the diplomat said.

Hugues Mingarelli expressed hope that Ukraine will find the right balance between the need for citizens to know state language and respect for the right of ethnic minorities to learn their native language.

"Today, Ukrainian authorities are doing a lot to explain this law on education, which in fact is a good document, except for Article 7 (the so-called "language article"), and they are trying to maintain a dialogue with all neighboring countries,"  he said.

Related: Ukraine intends to cooperate with Hungary in implementation of education law, - Klimkin

As it was reported earlier the statements of Hungary on the blocking of Ukraine on the way to the eurointegration due to the signing of the education law are connected with the election in this country and attempt to divert attention from the problems with the EU. Deputy Head of Administration of the President of Ukraine Kostiantyn Yeliseev.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Siyatro considers it quite natural and normal that Hungary and Romania together oppose the new law of Ukraine on Education. He made this statement during his visit to Romania.

After meeting with his Romanian counterpart Theodor Meleshkanu in the Romanian city of Cluj, Siyatro said that Hungary is interested in creating and maintaining a strategic contact with Romania on this issue, because "it is much better to create success stories than to deal with conflicts."

In his opinion, if the Verkhovna Rada legislatively accepts proposals of the parliamentary commission on culture, the cultural and educational opportunities of the Hungarian and Romanian minorities will be significantly narrowed, and against this Hungary and Romania will fight together, Siyarto said.

Related: Hungary initiates discussion of education reform at Ukraine-EU Association Council

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