Today, the majority of the Transcarpathian Regional Council voted for the appeal to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko regarding the "Law on Education" adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. 38 deputies from different factions and deputy groups voted for it.
– In this regard, I want to emphasize on several key points, which have been the subject of political speculations, – Hennadiy Moskal says. – First, the Transcarpathian Regional Council fully supports the government’s intentions to improve the quality of education, as stated in the Law on Education. Second, the Transcarpathian Regional Council advocates the comprehensive development of the Ukrainian language as the state language in all spheres of life.
At the same time, we ask to preserve the right of representatives of national communities to study in their native language at state and municipal institutions of different levels. Representatives of national minorities living in Transcarpathia are law-abiding citizens and true patriots who give their lives for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the combat zone in the Donbas. Therefore, the speculations of some political forces that the Regional Council does not support Ukrainian language are completely untrue. We oppose the dominance of the Russian language in various spheres of life and want to preserve the rights and freedoms of national minorities guaranteed by the Constitution of Ukraine, the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages, as well as Ukraine’s bilateral treaties with neighboring countries (in particular, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary), which provide for specific obligations of Ukraine to ensure the language rights of national minorities. In this regard, we ask the President of Ukraine to amend the Law on Education and send it for review to the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and the Venice Commission for compliance with European standards and values. And to enact the law only subject to their approval.