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Council of Europe calls Ukraine to observe Venice Commission recommendations regarding law On Education

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Council of Europe calls Ukraine to observe Venice Commission recommendations regarding law On Education


19.06.2018

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The Ukrainian authorities should observe recommendations of the Venice Commission concerning a version of the law On Education, according to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland. As per  the Council of Europe representative a result should meet legal regulations of the European Council, TASS informs. This way must lead to securing safety, stability and justice for each family and each national.

He made this statement during his speech at the conference dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Framework Convention for the Protection of the National Minorities and the European Charter for the Regional or Minority Languages. The forum was held in Strasbourg the day before.

Mr. Jagland has emphasized that the changes in legislation on education should be made as comprehensive and politically neutral way only. At this, the process must involve representatives of the national minorities too, the European Council Secretary General is sure.

The EC head has mentioned that it is required to speak the state language in order to socialize, but the authorities must provide an opportunity for the nationals to widely use their native languages too. In its turn, it would develop culture of national minorities and facilitate observation of rights of national communities and human rights overall.

Note that the Ukrainian legislation contains discriminating statements towards all the national minorities, the Russian-speaking community, first of all. Experts of the Venice Commission believe that the new version of the document has no solutions regarding non-state languages of the European Union, the Russian language, in particular. The Commission summons up that there is no reason for unfavorable attitudes towards these languages, so this is the basis for raising issue of discrimination of these languages.

In accordance with the law On Education, children will be able to study in the languages of the national minorities in the initial grades at school. Starting the 5th grade, the school subjects will be taught in the Ukrainian language only. This regulation should stay in effect until 2020, after that the Russian-speaking schoolchildren will study in the Ukrainian language starting the 1st grade.

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