Hungary to block integration of Ukraine into EU over education law– ambassador

20:20, 20 October 2017
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Ambassador of Hungary to Ukraine Erno Keskeni says that Budapest intends to continue to block further integration of Ukraine into the European Union due to the Ukrainian education reform, according to the news outlet Novoye Vremya.

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Keskeni made this statement commenting on the talks of Hungarian Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin and Ukrainian Education Minister Lilia Hrynevych, Novoye Vremya reports.

The official also noted that he had not received any information on the change of the Hungarian official position on the issue. Thus, the previous statement remains in force.

Read alsoPoland not to support Hungary’s protest against Ukraine’s education lawThe ambassador also stressed the need for continued dialogue and expressed the conviction that the parties will find a model that will suit everyone by the beginning of the next academic year when the law on the language of instruction should be practically applied.

As was reported, the new law on education envisages instruction in schools only in Ukrainian starting from grade 5. It became a matter of concern for several EU countries: Poland, Romania, Hungary, Greece, and Bulgaria. According to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Klimkin, Kyiv and Budapest have made a step towards mutual understanding.

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