17:09 11.12.2017

Deputy PM hopes Hungary will stop blocking Ukraine's EU integration after Venice Commission's conclusions

Deputy PM hopes Hungary will stop blocking Ukraine's EU integration after Venice Commission's conclusions

The conclusions of the Venice Commission on the language clause of the Ukrainian education law will help Hungary stop blocking the Euro-Atlantic and European integration aspirations of Ukraine, Deputy Prime Minister Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze has said.

"I really wanted to believe that repeated statements by Hungary that Ukraine should take into account the position and proposals of the Venice Commission should now unblock this opposition to Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic and European integration aspirations," she told Interfax-Ukraine on Monday.

At the same time, she noted that Hungary "now puts the main emphasis on the fact that Ukraine must reach mutual understanding with the Hungarian national minority."

"I am convinced that it is possible to do so if this national minority is an independent player," Klympush-Tsintsadze said.

As reported, the Ukrainian law on education came into force on September 28. Among other things, the law stipulates that the state language is a language of learning at educational institutions, but one or several subjects in two or more languages, namely, the state language, English and other European Union official languages can be taught in compliance with the educational program. People, who belong to ethnic minorities, are guaranteed the right for learning in the native language along with the Ukrainian language in separate groups of municipal pre-school and primary school institutions.

As reported, on October 27 Hungary blocked holding of a meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission in December 2017.

"Hungary cannot support Ukraine's integration aspirations, so it vetoed the holding of the NATO-Ukraine summit in December," the ministry's press service quoted Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto as saying.

The minister recalled that after the Verkhovna Rada passed the bill on education, Hungary promised that its diplomacy will use all the tools available to impede Ukraine's European integration.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry sent the education law for examination by the Venice Commission.

On December 8, the Ukrainian Education and Science Ministry reported that the Venice Commission had not supported Hungary's accusation of narrowing the rights of national minorities in the article on the language of instruction in Ukraine's law on education. The commission noted that the issues of the content and scope of rights are exclusively within the competence of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine, and a number of questions concerning the use of languages should be resolved by special laws.

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