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Oct 03, 2017

Hungary and Romania join forces to fight Ukraine's new education law

There are more than half a million Hungarians and Romanians living in Ukraine. Hungary's FM noted that this explains why Hungary and Romania are acting together on the matter

Hungary and Romania are joining forces to take action against the Ukraine's new education bill.

Péter Szijjártó, minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, said it is “natural and normal” that Hungary and Romania are speaking out together against the new law. 

Ukraine’s new rules on education banning post-primary-level education in minority languages were signed into law by the country's president last week.

Minister Szijjártó told MTI that the law infringes on the association agreement reached between the EU and Ukraine, which Hungary and Romania had supported. The two countries now “feel they have been stabbed in the back," he added.

It poses a “serious danger” that bills to amend the citizenship law and the language law are currently before the Ukrainian parliament, he said. He said that ignoring repeated calls by both Hungary and Romania, Ukraine had enacted the new education law which seriously violates the rights of minorities.

According to official figures, there are more than half a million Hungarians and Romanians living in Ukraine. The minister noted that this explains why Hungary and Romania are acting together on the matter..