European help against Ukraine’s education law

Hungary continues to do everything to settle the debate around Ukraine’s education law, and asked for the help of several European institutions, Zsolt Nemeth, head of the Hungarian parliament’s foreign affairs committee told a press conference on Saturday.

Ukraine’s other neighbouring countries, including Hungary, have voiced criticism of the education law banning post-primary-level education in minority languages saying that it severely undermines minority rights in that country.

Nemeth informed that Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto sent two letter to OSCE, which can play a significant role in solving the situation. The ruling Fidesz party’s politician said he also wrote to the leaders of the Council of Europe. Nemeth asked CoE Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland and PACE president Stella Kyriakides to investigate the situation.

On Friday, Prime Minister Viktor Orban discussed Ukraine’s education law and issues currently on the Council of Europe’s agenda with CoE Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland in Gothenburg. Parties at the talks said it was a fundamental European principle that minorities should not be deprived of previously acquired rights and that this should also be enforced in the case of Ukraine’s new law.

Hungary Journal
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