In Kiev the Ambassador of Hungary was accused of abuse of power

KYIV, 8 Mar — RIA Novosti. The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Ukraine plans to “hold a conversation” with Hungary regarding the fact that the Ambassador of Hungary in Ukraine Erno Keskeny exceeds the diplomatic authority said on air “channel 5” Deputy Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine on European integration Elena zerkal.

Earlier, the Ambassador of Hungary in Ukraine Erno Keskeny said that the autonomy of Hungarians living in Ukraine, there is nothing wrong. According to the Ambassador, having received autonomy, the national minority can itself make decisions in matters directly concerning them, including with respect to the language of instruction in schools.

“And he is not against autonomy. We are not against autonomy from Hungary… we now Have all of this planned, talk with the Hungarians that he exceeds his authority here in Ukraine,” — said zerkal.

However, she added that because of the statements of the Ambassador will not be sent. “Well, now we have to deport the Ambassador… (it) is not diplomatic,” — said zerkal.

Ukraine is reforming education. Authorities have already adopted the basic education act, whose article on language learning has caused a diplomatic row with neighboring Ukraine for fear of infringing on the rights of national minorities. In the future the Ministry of education of Ukraine plans to flesh out the peculiarities of teaching in minority languages. To resolve a conflict, the Ukraine requested the Venice Commission, one of its recommendations was the need of direct dialogue with representatives of national minorities on the issue of implementation of the rules on languages of instruction.

The law on education significantly reduces the possibility of education in minority languages, entered into force on 28 September 2017, it will be introduced in stages until 2020. The governments of several countries, including Hungary and Romania, said that this law violates the rights of national minorities in Ukraine. In Moscow also believe that the education act violates the Constitution and international obligations of Kiev.

According to the Ministry of education of Ukraine, the Venice Commission in its recommendations indicated that Kiev is not obliged to change the seventh article of the education act, which concerns language of instruction. Ukraine are encouraged to “make full use of the flexibility” of this article in its implementation, to extend the implementation of education reform, freeing private schools from the restrictions on teaching in minority languages. The Commission believes that “the new law does not offer solutions for languages that are not official EU languages, in particular Russian language as the most widely used non-state languages”, which can speak about its discrimination.