In Europe began to subside emotions, zakalivanie of the education act, – Nemyria
12 Oct the language article of the Ukrainian law on education was discussed at the debates in PACE, but in the European Parliament.
About this TSN.ia said the people’s Deputy Grigory Nemyria, who as the head of the Committee on human rights of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine participated in a joint meeting of the Committee with the Subcommittee on human rights of the European Parliament (EP).
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According to him, during discussion on the language issue, the most actively asked questions to the MEPs from Hungary and Romania. “Judging by the tone and substance of speeches, all agreed on the opinion that the adoption of the law should be preceded by closer cooperation and consideration of the views of representatives of national minorities,” – said Nemyria.
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At the same time, the Ukrainian speakers during the meeting noted that the materials distributed Hungarian and Ukrainian sides were the incorrect figures which the parties were manipulated.
“Instead of a propaganda exercise, it is important pragmatic cooperation in order to move in a constructive direction, not to share the diplomatic loud and often undiplomatic statements,” – said the MP.
Nemyria also said that the speakers have not paid attention to yesterday’s speech by President Petro Poroshenko at the PACEin which he promised that the Venice Commission’s opinion will be submitted as amendments or additions to this law.
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“However, there is now a feeling that the first exaggerated emotional responses that we heard from governments, including neighbouring countries – now they are getting smaller. And all emphasize that it is very important that the recommendations of the Venice Commission, which will assess the law on education were taken into account and implemented,” – said Nemyria.
The MP also added that Ukraine is not necessary neighbours, who for various reasons would hurt the common position of the EU regarding sanctions against Russia.
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Recall, September 5 during a meeting of the Rada adopted the law of Ukraine “On education”, which introduced the 12-year secondary education. The language of instruction in educational institutions determined by the state. The document envisages that the institutions can be taught one or more courses in two or more languages – Kazakh, English and other official languages of the European Union. Persons who belong to indigenous peoples and national minorities of Ukraine is guaranteed the right to education in their native language along with the Ukrainian language in public institutions of preschool and General secondary education.
Romania and Hungary, criticized the adopted law on education, believing that it violates the rights of national minorities in Ukraine. Statements with respect to Ukrainian law by the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the two countries. The President of Moldova Igor Dodon hopes that Ukraine will reject the new education act because of the violation of the rights of national minorities. According to him, the new education Act will lead to the abolition of the system of education in the native language of the ethno-cultural minorities in Ukraine. Subsequently, in Russia, this law called “an act of forced Ukrainianization, which constituted a flagrant violation of Ukraine ratified the European Charter for regional or minority languages”. “The state Duma has prepared a statement regarding the Ukrainian law on education, in which he condemned adoption by the Verkhovna Rada of the document. The Russian foreign Ministry stressed that the document infringes on the interests of millions of Russian-speaking residents of Ukraine.
But the Council of Europe experts welcomed the law on education in Ukraine. On 28 September the Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin sent the education act for consideration of the Venice Commission.
12 October PACE held an emergency debate about the law and the results of the adopted resolution with recommendations for Ukraine. In particular, according to delegates, the law does not provide for the right of national minorities to study in their native language and significantly reduces their rights as concerned members of the Assembly. Moreover, it is noted that to obtain the conclusions of the Venice Commission “the Assembly considers it premature to take a position in relation to any legal issues.