17 Dec 2018 16:23

EU urges Ukraine to comply with Venice Commission recommendations on national minorities' rights

KYIV. Dec 17 (Interfax) - The European Union has called on Ukraine to fully implement the Venice Commission's recommendations concerning the provision of its law On Education that regulates some language use aspects.

"As regards Ukraine's law on education, the two sides agreed on the need to ensure the respect for rights already exercised of persons belonging to national minorities as enshrined in UN and Council of Europe Conventions [...] and to fully implement the recommendations included in the opinion of the Venice Commission no. 902/2017, on the basis of a substantive dialogue with the representatives of persons belonging to national minorities," the EU-Ukraine Association Council said in a statement following a meeting in Brussels on Monday.

In particular, the matter concerns "legislation which extends the transition period until 2023 and which regulates exemption for private schools," it said.