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Hungary demands from Ukraine legal guarantees on education law

Source : 112 Ukraine

Hungarian diplomats demand that Ukrainian authorities negotiate with the Hungarians of Transcarpathia
10:29, 25 January 2018

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Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that his office demands legal guarantees from Ukraine that the application of a new law on education in Ukraine will begin after reaching an agreement with the Hungarian national minority in Transcarpathia. This was stated in the message on the Hungarian MFA website.   

"Ukraine should not enact the education law, which it was not previously agreed with representatives of the Hungarian national minority. Promises are not sufficient, we need legal guarantees, " Szijjártó wrote.

The Hungarian diplomat once again claims that by adopting the law, Ukraine violated international norms on the protection of national minorities.

Szijjártó threat that Hungary will reserve the right to block all international initiatives of Ukraine within the EU and NATO, if the legal guarantees are not granted.

Related: Ukrainian Parliament speaker says no alterations to education law to be made

As we reported the Venice Commission did not support Hungary’s accusations of infringement of ethnic minorities’ rights bythe recently adopted education law in Ukraine.

The new law on education was signed by Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko on September 25. In particular, it introduces a 12-year-long school program and limits the number of subjects taught in the languages of national minorities. This particular decision evoked outrage in Moldova, Romania, Russia, and Hungary. Budapest even threatened to slow down the process of Ukraine’s integration with the EU.

Related: Hungary sets two conditions towards Ukrainian education law

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