Contents tagged with law on education

  • Hungary blocks the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission

    For the third time, Hungary vetoed the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the level of foreign ministers, Ukrinform reports.

    The Hungarian government is apparently making good on its promise to apply "pressure" on Kyiv until it changes the law on education that was passed in autumn. Hungary believes that the newly-adopted law violates the rights of national minorities to study in their languages.

    At the beginning of the year, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that the …

  • Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister: Hungarian ambassador is overstepping his authority

    Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine for European integration Olena Zerkal spoke on Fifth Channel on Wednesday, March 7, saying that the Ambassador of Hungary has gone over his authority and that the meeting is scheduled regarding this issue with the Hungarian side. "We have a conversation scheduled with the Hungarians regarding the fact that his is overstepping his authority here in Ukraine," she noted.

    Zerkal added that Ukraine emphasizes its steadfast position regarding the education law and …

  • 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 …

  • Hungary outlines conditions to start a dialogue with Ukraine

    Ukraine should refrain from implementing the law on education until it has agreed to the details of the legislation with minorities, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Peter Szijjártó stated, Evropeyska Pravda reports.

    At a press conference in Budapest, he said that NATO had planned to hold a meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Defense Ministers on 14-15 February, however, Hungary imposed a veto, and, consequently, the NATO Secretary General informed the member states that the meeting would …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister will not go to NATO-Ukraine meeting due to the 'blockade' by Hungary

    The Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Stepan Poltorak, cancelled his plans to visit NATO headquarters this week due to Hungary’s decision to block the Ukraine-NATO Commission (UNC).

    Information that the visit will not take place was confirmed to Evropeyskaya Pravda by the Ministry of Defense.

    "The visit will not take place due to the lack of an agreed upon meeting of the Ukraine-NATO Commission among Defense Ministers," the Defense Ministry explained.

    Formally, it is not about the " …

  • Hungary denies reaching agreement with Ukraine over language issue

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Hungary has debunked information that a political dialogue between the Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Vasyl Bondar, and the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs of Hungary, Levente Magyar, has yielded agreement on issues related to the language norms of the law On Education, as reported by Radio Liberty.

    “There has been no agreement on the education law, Ukraine still has not complied with the recommendations issued by the Venice Commission,” said …

  • Ukraine and Hungary reach an agreement on ways to resolve national language issue

    During negotiations with Hungary, Ukraine agreed on ways to resolve the issue of languages of national minorities in Transcarpathia as stated by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar after the meeting with the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, Lamberto Zannier in Uzhgorod.

    "We can say with cautious optimism that the long-lasting negotiations with the Hungarians have resulted in agreeing on key positions: on ways of resolving the "language issue," the launch of …

  • 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 …