Hungary demands review of EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

  • Tomáš Hošek
  • 20.10.2017 14:38

On Monday 16 October, ahead of the EU Foreign Affairs Council, Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Szijjarto called the latest reform of the Ukrainian school system “a brutal violation of human rights”. As a result, Budapest seeks to review the EU Association Agreement with Ukraine.

The latest Ukrainian legislative obliges teachers to use only Ukrainian in secondary schools, thus enabling national minorities to only teach in their native language in elementary schools. According to the Ukrainian government, this step will eventually help the minorities to integrate into society. Besides Hungary, the law has been labelled as discriminatory by Russia and Romania as well. Szijjarto further announced Hungary’s intention to block any further rapprochement between the EU and Ukraine and to raise a proposal to reevaluate the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement at the next Association Council in December. This option was however rejected by Poland on Tuesday, calling on Kyiv and Budapest to resolve their disagreement through dialogue. During December, the Venice Commission should deliver a verdict as to whether the incriminated article of the education law is in breach of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

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