12:54 29.09.2017

Ukrainian ambassador to Hungary recalled for consultations on 'language' article of law on education

Ukrainian ambassador to Hungary recalled for consultations on 'language' article of law on education

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin has recalled Ukrainian Ambassador to Hungary Liubov Nepop in connection with the Hungarian authorities' reaction to the law on education, which has taken effect in Ukraine, specifically, its article dealing with the language of instruction.

"I have summoned Ukrainian Ambassador to Hungary Liubov Nepop for a consultation in regard of the Hungarian authorities' reaction to the new Ukrainian law on education. Ukraine's position on relations with Hungary is unchanged: we are ready for constructive debate on all issues," Klimkin said on Twitter on Thursday evening.

Later, the minister said he hopes for a productive visit to Budapest.

"I confirm my offer to my Hungarian counterpart to go to the Debretsensky University and Transcarpathia together," Klimkin said.

The law on education took effect on September 28. The law decrees that the language of instruction in educational establishments shall be the state language. However, in line with the educational program, one or more subjects can be taught in two or more languages: the state language and the English language, or other official languages of the European Union. People who belong to ethnic minorities are guaranteed the right to instruction in their native languages along with the Ukrainian language in classes (groups) at public preschools and elementary schools.

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry on September 26 said the country intends to block closer ties between Ukraine and the EU over the law on education.

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