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

Source : 112 Ukraine

He noted that he had talked to the Venice Commission representatives and it was agreed that the language provisions of the law won’t be changed
16:59, 9 December 2017

The Verkhovna Rada

The Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Andriy Parubiy says that no changes will be made to the education law, according to the Parliament’s press service.

Parubiy noted that he had talked to the Venice Commission representatives and it was agreed that the language provision of the law won’t be changed. The approved version of the law will remain.

Related: Hungary sets two conditions towards Ukrainian education law

The Head of the Parliament reminded that before the education law was adopted, there were round tables, participants of which couldn’t come to a general consensus. “That’s why when revising the education law, a working group was created, thanks to which it was possible to come to compromise definitions, which, on one hand, protect the languages of national minorities, and on the other – makes learning the state language obligatory for everyone,” he said.

Parubiy believes that the issues of national identity, historical memory is one of the key tasks for this Parliament assembly. He also emphasized that “when we talk about the war against the Russian empire, we understand that the war starts with the battle for minds and souls, and then tanks come”. “And if we can’t win over the hearts and souls of our people, it will be very difficult to win a war of militaries,” he said.

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

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