Statement of Hungary on the Ukrainian law «On education» associated with the upcoming elections in the country. This broadcast of «Radio Liberty» said the Deputy head of the presidential administration of Ukraine Konstantin Eliseev.
«All these hysterical statements of the Hungarian side is mainly associated with the parliamentary elections in Hungary, which will take place next year, as well as the fact that Hungary wants to divert attention from the current problems in relations with the EU, in particular, in the context of migration issues,» said Elisha.
He is convinced that Ukraine should adopt a balanced approach.
«We must demonstrate that we are a great European nation, we have our own national interests and we have our own spine. And we on this way do not break… We are ready for bilateral consultations, involvement of experts to prove that this law complies with European standards and meets the interests of the Hungarian national minority and the Ukrainian side,» – said the Deputy head of the presidential administration.
On 5 September the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the second reading the law «On education», and on 25 September it was signed by the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The document introduces 12-year school education and the educational office of the Ombudsman, as well as expanding the use of the Ukrainian language in education.
As explained by the Minister of education and science, Liliya Hrynevych, preschool and primary education will be acquired in the native language. While a large emphasis will be placed on mastering the state language. Then, starting from a basic level, the education will be carried out in the Ukrainian language.
The Chairman of the Transcarpathian regional state administration Gennady Moskal urged the President to veto the law. In his opinion, the initiative does not correspond to the European Charter for regional or minority languages.
Concern about the language of the article in the law has raised a number of countries: Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Russia, and Bulgaria and Greece. Romanian President Klaus Iohannis stated that he had decided not to visit Ukraine in October because of a new Ukrainian law «About education». The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine said that the visit of the President of Romania in Kiev not canceled and postponed.
The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Hungary said today that they will block any further rapprochement between Ukraine and the EU because of the law «On education».
The Minister of foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin noted that Ukraine maintains the conditions for learning minority languages. According to him, knowledge of the state language is a matter of national security.
Elisha called the statement of Hungary on the Ukrainian law «On education» hysterical 26.09.2017