National Liberal Party (PNL) MP Ovidiu Raetchi draws attention on the fact that article 7 of the Education Law of Ukraine, which is related to the right of the persons belonging to the national minorities to study in their mother tongue, has to be amended according to the Venice Commission’s opinion, who said that Romania was right on this matter.
“The opinion of the Venice Commission on the matter of the article 7 of the Education Law of Ukraine – related to the use of the languages belonging to the national minorities and other languages, including those belonging to the Romanian minority – confirms Romania’s opinion on this matter. More precisely, the Venice Commission draws attention on the fact that article 7 has to be amended, given that it doesn’t ensure the right to proper education in the minorities language, including the Romanian one. Since the low was adopted, President Iohannis expressed his dissatisfaction related to article 7, mentioning that it significantly diminishes the rights of the persons belonging to the Romanian minority on ensuring education in the mother tongue. In this context, we hope that the Ukrainian President Petro Porosenko will keep his promise and will amend the Education Law according to the opinion expressed by the Venice Commission” Ovidiu Raetchi explained, according to a press release issued by PNL.
The Liberal MP mentions that the opinion of the Venice Commission also contains criticisms related to the fact that the Ukrainian authorities haven’t consulted the national minorities in the whole process of amending the Education Law and recommends a dialogue to be started with their representatives, so that the voice of the minorities will be heard.
“We hope that Ukraine will organize a solid dialogue with the national minorities affected by these changes, as well as with the neighboring countries, including Romania, which was also President Iohannis’s request. Solving this issue is also essential to bring the strong relationship between Romania and Ukraine back to a level which is important in this European region” Raetchi added.