In the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe urged Ukraine to take into account when performing the resonance of the new law on education “without exception,” recommendations of the Venice Commission on this document and to amend the law itself. This was referred to the PACE resolution, which was adopted on October 12 urgent debate in Strasbourg, writes

The adoption of the document with the amendments approved by 82 MPs, voted against it and 11, 17 politicians abstained.

According to the source, the decision of the PACE “hard enough” condemns the fact that the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on education with revisions to article 7 (language of education) without consultation with representatives of national minorities.

Contrary to the position of speaker of the Estonian Andreas Herkel – PACE stated that already, even before the conclusion of the Venice Commission, alleged “there are a number of legal questions to the law.”

After the debate was accepted most of the proposals of the Romanian and Hungarian deputies, who opposed the idea of “blended learning”: teaching 60% of subjects in Ukrainian and 40% in the language of national minorities.

“With the minimum advantage (39 votes against, 42 for) were rejected by the Hungarian amendment, which of the document wanted to remove the links on the right of Ukraine to protect the state language, and that language unites state. Also with a narrow margin (37 to 40 votes) managed to reject the proposal of parliamentarians from Romania and Hungary, which sought to exclude from the document the mention of the lack of exclusively Ukrainian public schools (or trained exclusively in the languages of other minorities) in their countries”, – writes the edition.

In addition, from the document removed all mention of the fact that learning “exclusively in the minority language”, that is, without the teaching part of the subjects in the Ukrainian language, to the detriment of their children, diminishing their competitiveness on the labour market and complications entry into the universities.

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5 September 2017 the Parliament approved the reform of education. Under the new law, which is not yet signed by the President, 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.


Concerns about provisions of the law on education in minority languages was first expressed by Romania, followed by Hungary. To abandon the innovations of Ukraine urged the President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, is known for his Pro-Russian rhetoric.

In the Ministry of education, meanwhile, claim that this provision complies with the Constitution and the European Charter for regional or minority languages.

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PACE adopted the decision on the “language question” in Ukraine 12.10.2017

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