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 implementation of the Venice Commission’s opinion regarding Ukraine," he said on Tuesday in New York. According to Szijjártó, Hungary has no interest in a prolonged dispute over the "language article" and wants to find a final solution in this situation.

"Our goal is also to enable us to return to our policy, which in Ukraine’s case was built on supporting our neighbors’ European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes. The Venice Commission stipulated that the Ukrainian authorities must consult with national minorities and must refrain from restricting previously acquired rights," the Hungarian Minister stated.

Szijjártó noted that the working group should include the Heads of Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education, as well as the representatives of the Hungarian minority in Ukraine.

In a recent meeting with Szijjártó, Ukrainian Minister of foreign Affairs Pavlo Klimkin said that the Ministry of Education of Ukraine decided to conduct a series of consultations on June 5 with the representatives of the Hungarian community to make a decision about the language articles of the law on education.

  law on education, Hungary, Ukraine, Venice commission