The new law on education: “YES” Klimkin said the criticism of the EU

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin stressed that Ukraine wants to expand the education of children in the Ukrainian language, not to take the education in the languages of national minorities. He said this to journalists on the sidelines of the 14th annual meeting of the Yalta European strategy “would the world be new? And what does it mean for Ukraine?” in Kiev on Saturday, responding to a question about the provisions on language of instruction in the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law on education.

“What we offer is, of course, the preservation of learning in the languages of national minorities: these are our international obligations. But we must ensure that our citizens are fully owned Ukrainian language and that they have a future here in Ukraine,”

According to the Minister, at the moment, it is not a criticism of the law, “interpretations and illusions.”

“It’s very simple: we want to add education in Ukrainian, and not to take the education in the languages of national minorities”, – said Klimkin.

He said that he intends to continue to discuss these issues with those countries who have questions about the new law “On education”, in particular articles about language learning.

The Minister reminded that the questions are from Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria.

Earlier, the Minister of education and science, Liliya Hrynevych said that Ukraine is ready to send to the Council of Europe for examination the language article of the education law to confirm the absence of breaches of international obligations.

Yalta European strategy (Yalta European Strategy, abbreviated as YES forum) is an annual conference organized by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

The conference gathers the most influential politicians and businessmen of Ukraine and the world, it has been held annually since 2004.


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The aim of the conference is the development of Ukraine and its European future, as well as establishing international ties.

The founder of the Yalta European strategy, Victor Pinchuk, a prominent Ukrainian businessman and philanthropist.