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Sep 12, 2017

Hungary says EU must take action over Ukraine's new education law affecting minorities

Katalin Szili, the prime minister’s Special Appointee, said that the EU must intervene and contact the Ukrainian leadership regarding the matter

The Hungarian government has said that Ukraine's amended education legislation "constitutes a curtailment of the rights of the minorities living in the country, and Ukraine thereby violated the core principles of the Association Agreement entered into with the European Union".

Katalin Szili, the prime minister’s Special Appointee, made the remarks and stressed that the EU must intervene and contact the Ukrainian leadership regarding the matter.

Szili stressed that the Ukrainian legislature violated fundamental human rights when it passed the law which deprives minorities living in the country’s territory to choose their language of education, and the possibility of pursuing their studies in their mother tongue.

Szili said that more than 100 education facilities will be affected by the new law and highlighted that the right to education in the mother tongue is the most fundamental means for the preservation of one’s identity.

By signing an Association Agreement with the EU, Ukraine undertook to observe common values, in particular, in the fields of democracy, human rights and the rule of law, the prime minister’s Special Appointee, wrote.

She said that "Ukraine has violated the core principles laid down in the Association Agreement it concluded with the European Union, and with regard to this the competent agencies of the EU must take the necessary measures vis-a-vis the Ukrainian leadership."