The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is holding a debate on the language provisions of the Ukrainian law on education, which caused dissatisfaction among several EU countries expressing concern about the language of instruction in schools in relation to national minorities.
A day earlier, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin announced that he had brought Ukraine's position regarding the language provisions of the new law on education to the attention of the foreign ministers of the EU member states.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on September 25, President Poroshenko signed the law on education. Its Article 7 on the language of command in Ukraine became a matter of concern for several EU countries: Poland, Romania, Hungary, Greece, and Bulgaria.
Poroshenko defends education law in PACEA new law in Ukraine introduces a 12-year secondary education, while the language of command in educational facilities shall be Ukrainian.
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin urged Hungary, which remains the most vocal critic of the new legislation, to leave out unnecessary emotions and soberly assess the actual situation with languages in schools across Zakarpattia region.