The Verkhovna Rada adopted a new law on education needs to veto, as it does not correspond to the European Charter for regional or minority languages, which Ukraine ratified in 2003, the law on national minorities and some international treaties. This was stated on the website the Chairman of the Transcarpathian regional state administration Gennady Moskal.

“To protect the Ukrainian language is necessary and essential, but without restricting the languages of national minorities. The vast majority of MPs who voted for the new law does not come from multinational regions, therefore, understand their characteristics,” he said.

According to the Governor, a number of provisions of law which impose obligations on countries to ensure the linguistic rights of national minorities, contrary to the agreements with Moldova, Romania, Hungary and other countries.

“According to article 22 of the Constitution, the adoption of new laws of the rights and freedoms of the individual enshrined by the Constitution, cannot be cancelled and do not allow narrowing the content and scope of existing rights and freedoms. In addition, according to article 24 of the Constitution, citizens have equal constitutional rights and freedoms and are equal before the law. Can not be privileges or limitations on grounds of race, ethnic and social origin, linguistic or other characteristics. According to article 53 of the Constitution, citizens who belong to national minorities, in accordance with the law guarantees the right of education in native language”, – said Moskal.

The Governor appealed to the President Petro Poroshenko with a request to veto the law or return it to Parliament with revisions.

See also: Ministry of foreign Affairs of Hungary on the Ukrainian law on education: a knife in the back

September 5, the Parliament approved the reform of education. In the language question, the deputies agreed that the representatives of national minorities can receive education in their native language along with the state in preschool and elementary school, representatives of indigenous peoples in pre – school institutions and secondary schools. The next stages of learning provides the opportunity to study the language of the indigenous people or minorities as a separate subject.

Concern about the provisions of the education law concerning education in minority languages, expressed and Romania.

See also: Parliament has taken the education reform and what determines its success

Moskal has urged Poroshenko to veto the law on education 08.09.2017

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