Human resources minister proposes meeting with Ukrainian minister for talks on education law
Hungary’s human resources minister reached out for the Ukrainian education minister proposing that they should meet in person to discuss Ukraine’s new education law.
In his letter Zoltán Balog has proposed that he and Liliya Hrynevych should discuss the new law on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the new academic year at the Ferenc Rákóczi II Hungarian College of Transcarpathia in Berehove (Beregszász) in western Ukraine which they are both scheduled to attend next Monday.
Balog said that the law, in particular its Article 7, has “been the cause of serious concern for governments feeling responsible for national minorities”, including Hungary.
He said that a meeting could help to explain “the real cause and purpose” behind the law’s enactment.
The new law bans post-primary-level education in minority languages.
On Tuesday this week, Hungarian lawmakers unanimously passed a five-party decree condemning “the unlawful” law and urging measures to be taken against it. The decree urges the leaders of Ukraine to respect “common European values of democracy and the rule of law” and to stop the new law from taking effect. It also calls on the Hungarian government to take every possible measure to prevent the new law’s enforcement.