September 22, 2023, 15:26

Fewer privileges for russian minority group – Fedir Venislavskyi on the law important for Ukraine’s European integration

On September 21, the Verkhovna Rada approved a law regulating the implementation of the rights and freedoms of persons belonging to national minorities (communities) in Ukraine. In it, the MPs took into account issues related to the war that russia started on the territory of Ukraine.

Fedir Venislavskyi, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, Member of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, Defense and Intelligence, Representative of the President of Ukraine to Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.

“In this law, we took into account the fact that Ukraine is fighting in a full-scale war against the russian federation, which attacked us, and russian-speaking national minorities, they do not currently have as many privileges as other national minorities,” the MP noted.

He also noted that, in addition to the draft law on national minorities, which was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, some other legislative initiatives may be introduced as well. This will be discussed further taking into account the expectations of the Hungarian and Romanian ethnic groups and the governments of these countries.

At the same time, Fedir Venislavskyi emphasized that the adopted draft law on national minorities is of particular importance in the context of Ukraine’s European integration.

“I think that we have completed several homework tasks important for Ukraine to become a full-fledged member of the European Union. And we believe that in October the doors will be opened for negotiations, not about the status of a candidate, but about the status of an EU member,” he added.

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