Commissioner Várhelyi: EU Wants Ukrainian Laws Satisfactory for Minorities
MTI-Hungary Today 2020.02.12.
According to the European Commission, Ukraine’s laws should be satisfactory for the ethnic minorities that are affected by them, the European commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy told MTI on Wednesday, assessing his two-day visit to Ukraine.
Olivér Várhelyi said he had met leaders of the local Hungarian, Romanian and Bulgarian minorities, as well as Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president.
The minority leaders expressed concern over the language provisions of Ukraine’s 2017 education law, the language law that took effect last summer and the law on secondary school education passed last month, Várhelyi said.
The education laws increase the number of subjects to be taught in Ukrainian at higher grades in state and municipal minority schools. The language law makes the use of the Ukrainian language compulsory, with the exception of private conversations and religious services, practically in all public events.
“This is a sensitive issue, which needs to be tackled by both the Hungarian and the Ukrainian government,” Várhelyi said, adding that “the process has started“.
“We, for our part would like to back this process in hope of success, but the most important is that a satisfactory solution for the minorities is found,” the commissioner said.