Hungary to initiate review of EU-Ukraine association agreement
Ukraine’s education law violates the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union, Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said on Monday and added that he would initiate the review of the agreement at next Monday’s meeting of EU foreign ministers.
Szijjártó held talks in Uzhhorod/Ungvár with leaders of ethnic Hungarian organisations and churches about the situation that has developed in connection with the new education law.
The new law has created a worse situation for ethnic Hungarians and other minorities than what they experienced in the Soviet Union in terms of education,
Szijjártó said after the talks.
It can be clearly stated on the basis of the meeting with ethnic Hungarians leaders in Transcarpathia (Kárpátalja) that the recently introduced law practically makes the operation of Hungarians schools in Ukraine impossible, taking away ethnic Hungarians’ right to study in their mother tongue above the age of 10. As a result,
Ukraine is violating its international obligations, which “we must not allow and the Hungarian government will go againts this measure in the most resolute manner”, he added.