Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu participated on Thursday in the inauguration of a Romanian school in Iordanesti – Hliboca Department of the Chernivtsi region, Ukraine.
The school, where approximately 200 Romanian children are studying, was built by the Ukrainian authorities, the investment amounting to about 1.3 million euro.
“Romania will never forget those who speak Romanian and who are part of the Romanian ethnicity. We do everything that is in our power to help you, particularly in the most important area, that of education and school,” the Foreign Minister said at the school inauguration, according to Agerpres.
Also participating in the event alongside ForMin Melescanu were Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin, as well as the Education Ministers of the two countries, Liviu Pop and Lilia Grinevici.
Melescanu, Klimkin envisage protocol on Ukraine-based Romanian community’s right to mother tongue education
The Romanian and Ukrainian Foreign Ministers Teodor Melescanu and Pavlo Klimkin agreed on Thursday in Cernauti (Ukraine) to start negotiations on a protocol on the enforcement of Ukraine’s new education law that should guarantee the right of this country’s Romanian community to mother tongue education.
At the end of the meeting the Romanian chief diplomat said that Romania won’t put to rest concerns over Ukraine’s education law until “a realistic solution is found”, underscoring that the regulatory act adopted by the Parliament in Kiev “has a negative impact on mother tongue education for the members of the local Romanian community.”
“Me and Mr. Klimkin have agreed to open and close as soon as possible negotiations on a joint cooperation document, a protocol on the subjects related to the enforcement of the education law and the subsequent development of the secondary legislation,” Melescanu said.
He underscored that Romania could serve to Ukraine as a model for the observance of minority rights, particularly the right to mother tongue education.
“Romania is also ready to share its experience as regards mother tongue education along with ensuring knowledge of Romanian, which is an official language. I want to assure you that our experience proves that it’s possible to concomitantly attain both goals through balanced and realistic measures. Knowledge of the state language and education in the languages of national minorities,” Melescanu said.
Attending the talks of the Foreign Ministers were also the two states’ Ministers of Education Liviu Pop Attending the talks of the Foreign Ministers were also the two states’ Ministers of Education Liviu Pop and Liliya Hrynevych.
ForMin Melescanu: Romanian pupils in Ukraine to benefit from scholarships from Romanian state
Romanian pupils in Ukraine will receive scholarships from the Romanian state, Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu announced on Thursday in Cernauti.
He said, at the end of a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart, Pavlo Klimkin, that the Bucharest Government will support both Romanian pupils and the teaching staff in the Romanian-language schools in this country.
“The Government of Romania has recently adopted some measures aimed at promoting and protecting the rights of Romanian ethnic people in Ukraine, including the provision of scholarships to Romanian pupils in Ukraine, as well as the organization of training courses for the teachers in Romanian-language schools, and I expressed the hope that we will be able to work with the Ukrainian authorities in this area,” Melescanu said.
At the same time, the minister announced the financing of a project for the modernization of a ward of the Cernauti hospital worth 60,000 euros.