Hungary suggests reconsidering agreement on EU-Ukraine association

The Hungarian authorities intend to initiate a revision of the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine in connection with the adoption of the latest law on education. According to the Hungarian newspaper Magyar Nemzet, this was stated by the country's Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó.

Szijjártó, who visited Uzhgorod (Transcarpathian region) on Monday, noted that the law adopted by the Ukrainian authorities contradicts the agreement and that the situation when "near the EU in the XXI century schools were closed due to the fact that they taught pupils in the minority language" is unacceptable. The head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry added that the adoption of this law was a circumspect internal political strategy of Kiev, and, in his opinion, increasing pressure on Ukraine was the only way to make it change its approach, Magyar Nemzet writes.

As the newspaper notes, Szijjártó plans to raise the issue of revising the agreement on the association of the EU and Ukraine at a meeting of EU foreign ministers which is to be held in Luxembourg on October 16.

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On September 5, the Verkhovna Rada adopted in the second reading and in general the law "On Education". On September 28, it came into force. The document introduces 12-year school education and the post of educational ombudsman, as well as expands the use of the Ukrainian language in teaching. The new version of the law provides that children who will go to school on September 1, 2018, will have the opportunity to learn in their native language only in primary school - the first four years. From the fifth grade all subjects should be taught in Ukrainian.

Seven countries have criticized the new version of the law "On Education". Extremely painful reaction to the adoption of the law was expressed by Poland, Bulgaria, and Greece. President of Romania Klaus Iohannis canceled the visit to Ukraine, which was planned for October. And Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that Budapest in the European Union would now block any move that could lead to further advancement of Ukraine in the process of European integration.

DONi News Agency