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Parliamentary questions
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18 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000244-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Emilian Pavel (S&D)

 Subject:  The tragedy befalling minorities in Ukraine
 Answer in writing 

Recently, a Romanian language website from Ukraine reported a new wave of cases of persecution against ethnic minorities perpetrated by the Ukrainian authorities(1). Such persecution has taken place since Ukraine embarked upon its recent destructive campaign to ban schools from teaching in the minority languages that are still active on its territory.

In a recent press conference, Ruslan Storojuk, the chief of the Ukrainian security services in the Chernivtsi region, said that civil servants from his region had been dismissed because they held dual citizenship (e.g. Ukrainian and Romanian citizenship — meaning that EU citizens are also affected).

Moreover, the Ukrainian security services constantly harass ethnic minority cultural associations. To cite an example, the ‘Eudoxiu Hurmuzachi’ Romanian Cultural Centre was accused, no less, of undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity and inviolability.

Is the Commission aware of the Ukrainian authorities’ efforts to strip ethnic minorities of their cultural and social rights? If so, what steps will it take to protect those communities and, in some cases, EU citizens?


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