The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Thursday adopted a resolution indicating that Ukraine was wrong to pass the education law and will have to apply the recommendations of the Venice Commission, MP Korodi Attila of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) and a member of the Romanian delegation at PACE, told Agerpres on Thursday.
“Under a resolution passed today, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) made a very clear statement that Ukraine made a mistake when it voted on its education law without consulting its neighboring countries, as the law must respect the fundamental principles defined in the standards of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, because they clearly define the basic principle of access of young people to mother-tongue education (…) At the same time, PACE says very clearly in its resolution that the expertise that will come to this bill from the Venice Commission must be applied in Ukraine’s legislation,” said Korodi.
He pointed out that the presence of the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, at the work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe demonstrated that the country’s approach to the issue of young people belonging to national minorities learning the state language is wrong.
Korodi also stated that the position of Romania’s delegation to PACE was that the education law adopted by Ukraine was a wrong one, as the adoption affects cooperation with Ukraine and the country’s European path.
“The Romanian delegation and the delegation of Hungary have consulted each other, mutually supported each other, and we managed to block out very many amendments put forth at the plenary meeting we succeeded, as we stood up under the internal procedure. It has been proven that there are things that unite us and such things have to be built up, because working together in this space where we live is a real chance,” concluded Korodi.
On September 25, Ukraine’s President Poroshenko promulgated a controversial law that strengthens Ukrainian education in schools, a reform criticised by Romania and other countries in the region, such as Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, who have ethnic communities in Ukraine, although Ukrainian officials argue that minority rights are not violated according to international standards.
Romania’s President Klaus Iohannis says that this law “will drastically limit the access of minorities to education in their mother tongue” and cancelled in protest a visit scheduled to Ukraine.
On September 27, Romania’s Minister of National Education Liviu Pop said that at a meeting with Ukraine’s Minister of Education and Science of Lilia Grinevich he stressed the need for the rights of the ethnic Romanians not to be affected by Ukraine’s new law of education.
Ionut Stroe – elected chair of PACE Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development
Liberal MP Ionut Stroe was elected chair of the Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development, on Thursday, at the session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which is being held in Strasbourg.
According to a press release issued, the position became vacant after Stella Kyriakides was elected PACE President.
Europe must rely on lasting and sustainable development. In this respect, social issues and public health must be integrated into any long-term vision. I am honoured by the trust of my colleagues who have voted me to become Chairman of the Committee for Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development of PACE. It is important that Romania’s point of view be better heard and I am glad that we can now guide an important part of the European agenda to those topics of great interest to our country, Stroe said after his election to the position, according to the quoted release.
The Committee on Social Affairs, Health and Sustainable Development has 81 members and discusses issues related to social and political rights, public health policies and sustainable development, economic cooperation and development, and good governance principles at local and regional level.
A number of important reports are on the agenda of the committee, such as new genetic technologies and their use in medicine, access to maternal healthcare services, the protection of children affected by armed conflicts, sound urban development, climate change and monitoring the implementation of the Paris Agreement, the role of national authorities in the process of decentralization and other, the release reads.