Hungary initiates the revision of EU-Ukrainian Association Agreement at next week's EU foreign ministers meeting

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Ukrainian Education Law is fundamentally in breach of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, said Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, on Monday in Ungvár; the foreign minister said he would introduce a motion at next Monday's meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg calling for the revision of the Association Agreement between EU and Ukraine.

Szijjártó emphasised that the new Ukrainian Education Law creates a situation for Hungarians and other minorities in the field of education which is worse than it was in the Soviet Union.

Szijjártó announced his plan after discussing the issue of the new Ukrainian Education Law with the leaders of Transcarpathian Hungarian organizations and the historical churches.

There was an agreement among the foreign minister and the leaders of the minority organizations that the recently enacted Education Law virtually eliminates Hungarian schools in Ukraine and takes away the rights already acquired by the minorities to study in their mother tongue.

Replying to a question whether he sees any chance that Ukraine may modify the law, Szijjártó noted that the only option left is to increase international pressure on the country.

The abolition of minority rights is accepted by the Ukrainian Parliament, which is part of a well thought-out strategy on the part of the Ukrainian government he added.

Szijjártó finds outrageous that the United States ambassador to Kiev welcomed the new Education Law, which is grossly violating the rights of minorities; after this, there is no other way than to increase international pressure on Ukraine he added.

(MTI -


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