Cabinet seeing no readiness in Hungary to go for concessions on NATO-Ukraine cooperation
Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Dmytro Kuleba, says that Hungary is showing no signals indicating readiness to go for concessions on the issue of Ukraine's cooperation with NATO, in particular on holding meetings of the Ukraine-NATO Commission.
The reasons why Ukraine-NATO Commission meetings are not being held are well known to everyone, Kuleba said, while speaking at a joint meeting of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Foreign Policy and Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation and the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Ukraine’s Integration with the European Union, according to an UNIAN correspondent.
"So far, we have no indicators that this country, our neighbor, is ready to change its position on the issue," Kuleba emphasized.
As UNIAN reported earlier, relations between the two countries slid to a chill after the Ukrainian parliament in 2017 passed a new education law.
Hungary has since been blocking the meetings of Ukraine-NATO Commission, claiming alleged violation of rights of Hungarians living in Ukraine due to the provision of the law that determines that the language of command in educational facilities shall be the state language, which is Ukrainian.
According to the conclusion of the Venice Commission of Dec 8, 2017, Ukrainian authorities were recommended to balance the provision of the language article of Law "On Education".
On February 14, 2018, the Cabinet of Ministers approved Bill No. 8046, prolonging the transitional period for the implementation of the language article until 2023.
The draft law is being considered by parliamentary committees.