Ukraine’s MFA calls to refrain from free interpretation of Venice Commission conclusions

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ministry said that the law should not be subject to speculation and confrontation
08:46, 12 December 2017

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine called to refrain from further free interpretation of the conclusions of the Venice Commission on the "language article" in Ukraine’s education law. This was stated by the country's foreign policy department.

As the Foreign Ministry noted, the document should not be subject to speculation and confrontation.

"The adoption of the decision by the Venice Commission allows us to transfer the issue of further implementation of educational reform in Ukraine exclusively into an expert field. In this regard, we call to refrain from further free interpretation of the said recommendations, stop politicizing the issue of the new educational law, its use for speculation and confrontation," the message says.

The ministry added that they count on an adequate position of foreign partners which were expressing dissatisfaction with the adoption of the law.

Related: Venice Commission: Russian language under threat of discrimination

As it was reported earlier, Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin assured that the law on education does not threaten the Russian language in Ukraine.

“The Venice Commission stated that the Ukrainian law, being a framework provision, leaves enough space for the comprehensible study of the mother tongue by the ethnic minorities. The specific provisions and details are to be set out in the separate Plan on the implementation of the Education law, and then, if necessary, in the law on General secondary education, which is being drawn up at the moment,” he noted.

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.

Ukraine has been explaining the provisions of the law, emphasizing that the diasporas and Embassies of the countries will be consulted before any changes to the schools that teach in the languages of national minorities are made.

Related: Venice Commission did not support Hungary’s complaints over education law

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