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Poroshenko: Findings Of Venice Commission Will Lift All Controversial Interpretations Of Ukraine's Education L

Poroshenko: Findings Of Venice Commission Will Lift All Controversial Interpretations Of Ukraine's Education Law

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko is confidence that findings of the Venice Commission will lift controversial interpretations of the language provision of the law of Ukraine on education.

The President gave the position during his address at the plenary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"Let me reassure you that we will guarantee the language rights in accordance with the national legislation and international commitments and standards, including the right to study in native language. At the same time, we will provide adequate learning of the official language, which is Ukrainian. The best proof of this commitment is our decision to submit the respective article for assessment of the Venice Commission. I believe that its conclusions will lift all controversial interpretation of this law, which is aimed, in fact, at ensuring a decent place for all the national minorities in the integral Ukrainian society," he said.

He says the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has envisaged the improvement of learning Ukrainian at the level of pre-school and primary education with a view to creating conditions for studying in the official language at the higher levels.

"Apart from being a significant part of the educational reform, the adopted Law has become the law of equal opportunities for each stakeholder in education system. And let me be specifically clear: the equal opportunities for all pupils! Regardless of their origin, residence or nationality. It is unacceptable that the children, belonging to national minorities in Ukraine, do not have adequate knowledge of the Ukrainian language, which is needed for further education in universities, professional career, self-realization in Ukraine. This Law is to fix this problem," he said.

The President reminded the PACE that the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, which was adopted here in Strasbourg 25 years ago, stipulates that all commitments related to the national minorities should be implemented "without prejudice to the teaching of the official language(s) of the State."

"I believe that the provisions of this Charter should be applied by all the signatories," he said.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has decided to hold urgent debates on the Law of Ukraine On Education on October 12.

The new education law entered into force on September 28.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin sent the education law to the Venice Commission later that evening.

Hungarian Ambassador to Ukraine Erno Keskeny is confident that the Council of Europe's European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission) will uncover violations in the language provisions of Ukraine's new education law.





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