Hungary needs Ukraine’s consent to put education law on agenda of UA-EU Association Council meeting

14:35, 17 October 2017
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Hungary will not be able to address the issue of Ukraine’s news education law at the next meeting of the Ukraine-EU Association Council without Kyiv’s consent because this would only be possible if agreed with the Ukrainian authorities, Ukraine's Mission to the EU reported on Facebook referring to its chief Mykola Tochytskyi’s interview with Radio Svoboda.

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"We are sure that the Law on Education bears no violations of international obligations, relevant conventions of the Council of Europe, or the Association Agreement. That's why we submitted this law for the assessment by the Venice Commission. Ukraine is ready for a constructive dialogue. But the Hungarian side chose the path of blackmail and politicization instead," Tochytskyi said, commenting on the recent statements by Hungarian foreign minister Peter Szijjarto.

At the same time, according to Tochitskyi, the Hungarian minister "is obviously led by the election campaign  that has begun in their country."

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