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Parliamentary questions
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13 December 2017
E-007662-17
Question for written answer E-007662-17
to the Commission (Vice-President/High Representative)
Rule 130
Andrea Bocskor (PPE)

 Subject:  VP/HR — Three models of Ukrainian education for minorities
 Answer in writing 

In its opinion on the provisions of the Ukrainian Law on Education, the Venice Commission states that Article 7 of the law ‘contains some guarantees for education in the minority languages, mainly limited to primary education’, noting, however, that ‘the exact scope of such guarantees is not as clear as it could be’(1).

According to the Joint Statement issued by the VP/HR and Volodymyr Groysman, the Prime Minister of Ukraine, the EU-Ukraine Association Council ‘agreed […] the need to ensure respect for rights already exercised of persons belonging to national minorities[…], non-discrimination of persons belonging to minorities and respect for diversity’(2).

The Ukrainian Ministry of Education plans to set up three models for the education of minorities(3). Under these proposals, Hungarian, as an EU language, would fall into the second language category, Hungarians would start learning subjects in Ukrainian from the fifth grade, and the number of subjects taught in Ukrainian would be increased.

Previously, Hungarians living in Ukraine were able to exercise their rights fully, with teaching in their native language available at all levels of education. In the light of the Ministry of Education’s new models, how will these rights be safeguarded at secondary and upper secondary school level?

(1)http://www.venice.coe.int/webforms/documents/?pdf=CDL-AD(2017)030-e
(2)http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2017/12/08/joint-statement-following-the-4th-association-council-meeting-between-the-european-union-and-ukraine/pdf
(3)http://mon.gov.ua/usi-novivni/novini/2017/12/11/pozicziya-mon-shhodo-opublikovanogo-visnovku-veneczijskoyi-komisii

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