Kyiv working to make citizens of Hungarian origin feel comfortable both in EU, Ukraine - Klimkin
Amid a barrage criticism poured on Ukraine by Hungary over the signing by President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko of the law on education, the country’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said that Ukraine was working to ensure that its citizens of Hungarian origin felt most comfortable.
"Ukraine does everything to make our citizens of Hungarian origin feel as comfortable as possible both in the EU and in Ukraine," Klimkin wrote on Twitter.
"More languages, more opportunities. The meaningful dialog is the way to clear up misunderstandings," the minister added.
As UNIAN reported, on September 25, President Petro Poroshenko signed the law "On Education", which introduces a 12-year secondary education in Ukraine. The Verkhovna Rada adopted this law on September 5. Read also Hungary's statements on the law on education, related to elections and attempts to divert attention from problems with the EU - Eliseev The document stipulates that the language of the educational process in educational institutions is the state language - Ukrainian.
Klimkin deems command of Ukrainian to be matter of national security In educational facilities, one or more classes can be taught in two or more languages of instruction - in the official language, in English and in other official languages of the European Union. Persons belonging to national minorities of Ukraine are guaranteed the right to study in public educational facilities, along with the state language of instruction, in the language of instruction of the respective national minority, along with the state language of instruction. The right is realized through classes (groups) with instruction in the language of the corresponding national minority along with the state language.
Persons belonging to indigenous peoples of Ukraine are guaranteed the right to study in public facilities of preschool and general secondary education in the language of instruction of the respective indigenous people, along with the state language of instruction. This right is also realized through the creation of classes (groups) with instruction in the language of the respective people along with the state language. Earlier, such EU states as Poland, Romania, Hungary, Greece, and Bulgaria expressed concern over the norms of the law on the language of instruction for representatives of national minorities.
"Hungary will block all steps within the European Union that would represent a step forward in Ukraine's European integration process in the spirit of the Eastern Partnership program," Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in a statement posted on the ministry's website on Tuesday, September 26.
In turn, the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine has assured that the language provisions of the new law on education do not violate the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.
Education Minister Liliya Hrynevych has announced talks with her Romanian and Hungarian counterparts on the issue of language row.