Contents tagged with Venice commission

  • EU asks Ukraine to submit draft of the 'language' law for final review by Venice Commission

    Before the second reading of the drafted law “ensuring a functioning Ukrainian language as the state language” Ukraine must coordinate with all interested parties and obtain an assessment of the document by the Venice Commission, stated the EU’s representatives as quoted by Evropeiska Pravda.

    The official position of the EU is that the future law must comply with international norms and Ukraine’s responsibilities. In particular, it must follow the European Charter regarding regional or …

  • Hungary offers to establish a working group with Ukraine on the language issue

    Hungary has offered a solution to Ukraine regarding the language issue: to establish a special intergovernmental working group tasked with monitoring the implementation of the recommendations of the Venice Commission on the "language article" of the law of Ukraine "On Education," Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Péter Szijjártó reported on the website of the Hungarian government.

    "Hungary is proposing the establishment of an intergovernmental working group tasked with monitoring the …

  • Hungary accuses Ukraine of launching an ‘international campaign of lies’

    Hungarian Foreign Minister, Péter Szijjártó accused the Ukrainian authorities of launching an "international campaign of lies" regarding the new law on education.

    "Ukraine has launched an international campaign of lies against Hungary and against the Hungarians living in Transcarpathia," the website of the Hungarian government quotes Szijjártó as saying.

    Szijjártó rejected the accusations by Ukraine that representatives of the Hungarian minority refused to come to the meeting and agree on a …

  • 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 …

  • Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament: there will be no changes to Ukrainian education law

    Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy stated that no amendments would be added to “The Language of Education,” which is Section 7 of the law on education.

    Speaking at a conference on the Day of Local Self-Government in the Lviv region, Parubiy said that he had a conversation with representatives of the Venice Commission. On the parliament’s website, the Chairman was quoted as saying that “it was agreed that the seventh article of the law ‘On Education’ would not be changed.”

    On September 5, …

  • 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 …