Contents tagged with Hungary

  • Venice Commission disagrees with Hungary's demands for changes to Ukrainian 'law on education'

    The Venice Commission denied Hungary's request to allow Hungarian to be the sole language for teaching in Ukraine, stated the Secretary of the Venice Commission, Thomas Markert during an interview with European Pravda.

    The commission believes that a bilingual mode of instruction is an advantage. Markert stated, "We do not share this position. We believe that the country can move from a strictly Hungarian-speaking system to a mixed one, with part of the hours being taught in Hungarian and some …

  • Budapest: Hungary will block Ukrainian relations with NATO

    Radio Liberty reports that Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó, following a meeting with Chairman of the Transcarpathian Hungarian Cultural Association (KMKSZ) and Verkhovna Rada MP Vasyl Brenzovich, stated that Hungary will not help facilitate a meeting between the defense ministers of NATO and Ukraine.

    According to Szijjártó, Hungary's position remains unchanged; Budapest will not support the European aspirations of Kyiv while it "violates European and international law."

    The …

  • Hungary accuses Ukraine of making new restrictions on the rights of national minorities

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó has claimed that Ukraine is making new restrictions on the rights of national minorities.

    A corresponding statement by Szijjártó was posted on the Hungarian Foreign Ministry’s website.

    "Instead of mitigating the conflicts, Ukraine has made further proposals for the restriction of language use and citizenship. For instance, it will be compulsory to display a Ukrainian transcript of the dialogue during theatre productions, and Hungarian newspapers will …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry: Ukraine and NATO have not formally prepared ministerial meeting of joint commission for December

    Ukraine and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) have not formally prepared for a December meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the NATO-Ukraine Commission, reported the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

    The Ministry notes that events at the level of the Foreign Ministers of NATO are usually held twice a year: once in April or May, and a second time within the first ten days of December.

    The meeting of the Foreign Ministers in December was envisaged by an annual national program …

  • Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Ukraine will raise issue of Hungary fulfilling its obligations to NATO

    Ukraine intends to raise the issue of Hungary’s fulfilling its obligations at the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission, which will be held at the ambassadorial level on December 14 in Brussels, Belgium, as reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. 

    “We plan to draw the attention of NATO member states to the need for Hungary to comply with its obligations to NATO during the meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission at the ambassadorial level on December 14, 2017 in Brussels,” the …

  • Venice commission did not support Hungary’s accusations against Ukraine

    The Venice Commission did not support the accusations of Hungary in narrowing the rights of ethnic minorities in the Article on the language of education in the Ukrainian law, the press service of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine reports, citing the conclusions of the Venice Commission of December 8th.

    "We are also grateful that the Commission accepted Ukraine’s argument regarding reproaches that the article on the language of the law "On Education" narrows the rights of the …

  • Hungary calls for sending OSCE mission to Zakarpattia Oblast of Ukraine

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó called on the Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to send a mission of observers to Zakarpattia, as reported on the website of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    “Hungary was previously an adherent of Ukraine, but the September law on education, which significantly reduced the rights of minorities to study in their native languages, has become a source of great disappointment. The law is completely incompatible …

  • Budapest: Hungary will not support Ukraine’s course to NATO and the EU

    Budapest cannot support Kyiv’s Euro-Atlantic efforts until they abolish the "discriminatory" Ukrainian law "On Education," as stated by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Péter Szijjártó, at the Eastern Partnership summit on the 24th of November in Brussels, Radio Liberty reports. 

    "We cannot do this and support Euro-Atlantic efforts (of Ukraine), because Kyiv has neglected the rights of ethnic minorities and has flagrantly violated the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement, which came …

  • Prime Minister of Hungary confirms that he will block the rapprochement of Ukraine with the EU and NATO

    The Hungarian government will not give up its intentions to block Ukraine’s integration into the EU and NATO if Kyiv does not change its law on education, as stated by the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán, the text of whose speech was made public on the website of the Hungarian government.

    “I would like to assure Transcarpathian Hungarians that no matter where the wind blows, the Hungarian government will not give up its position. We will resolutely defend it, not only here or in Kyiv, …

  • Budapest summons Ukrainian ambassador over the removal of the Hungarian flag from a town hall in Transcarpathia

    The Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Péter Szijjártó, stated that the Ukrainian ambassador was summoned to the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs due to an incident in Berehove in Transcarpathia, where participants marched under the flags of "Freedom," "Falcon," "Legion of Freedom," and other national-patriotic organizations and removed the flag of Hungary from the town hall.

    As a result, Szijjártó said, he called on Ukrainian authorities to restrain the nationalist …