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

The Commission didn’t find infringement of ethnic minorities’ rights in the law, which Hungary considers “discriminative”
15:08, 8 December 2017

The Kiev Times

The Venice Commission didn’t support Hungary’s accusations of infringement of ethnic minorities’ rights by the recently adopted education law in Ukraine, the Ministry of Education informs as they have already received the conclusions on the document from the commission. 

The Ministry of Education notes that the commission found the arguments of Ukraine on the controversial provision of the law reasonable. “The defining role of the state language can’t be questioned and fully corresponds to all international law instruments of international and regional organizations. We are thankful to the Venice Commission for confirming this view”.

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The Ministry also phrased its gratitude for the commission stating that the language article of the education law doesn’t infringe the rights of ethnic minorities.

The Venice Commission noted that the issue of the substance and extent of the rights lie solely in the competence of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine and that the issues concerning languages must be specified by corresponding laws.

The full report of the Venice Commission on the Ukrainian law will be published on Dec. 11.

Related: We return Ukrainian language to Ukrainians, - Poroshenko about education reform

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.

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