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Ukraine, Hungary to hold talks on education law

Pavlo Klimkin will go to Budapest.

Ukraine, Hungary to hold talks on education law

Ukraine and Hungary will hold talks on the language norms of Ukrainian law On Education on 12 October, Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine Ernő Keskeny told reporters on Friday, 29 September.

"Hungary believes that these issues can be resolved through negotiations. In fact, we are on the eve of the talks. On 12 October, Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin will visit Budapest," the ambassador said as he commented on the ways to resolve the situation around the law On Education.

The ambassador also said that the Hungary's Minister of Human Resources, Zoltan Balog, will visit Kyiv on October for talks.

Keskeny expressed confidence that the review of the European Commission "For Democracy through Law" also known as Venice Commission will reveal violations in the language norms in Ukrainian education law.

"I think that the Venice Commission will warn Ukraine against articles and norms of the Education Law that are contrary to various international instruments... I am confident that there they will find a problem," said the ambassador.

Hungary stated deep concerns over Ukraine's move to introduce compulsory teaching of Ukrainian language in secondary schools.

The amended education law provides that children who go to school next September, will have the opportunity to study in their native language in elementary school. After the fourth grade all subjects should be taught in Ukrainian.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Syarto has stated that Hungary will block further European integration of Ukraine if the norm on the language of instruction is implemented.