Ukraine’s parliament adopts law on national minorities
Verkhovna Rada (Photo:Natalia Kravchuk / NV)
Ukraine’s parliament adopted a law on national minorities on Dec. 13 – one of the main requirements for Ukraine's accession to the European Union, according to a report on the official website of the legislature.
Law No 8224 is designed to improve the protection of the rights of national minorities and the basis of state policy towards them. In particular, it refers to the rights to self-identification, the use of languages of national minorities, education, participation in political, economic, social, and cultural life, etc.
The document was finalized after consultations with the Council of Europe and in cooperation with its experts.
EU leaders supported granting EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova at the summit on June 23. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that it was a historic moment in relations between Ukraine and the bloc.
The European Council invited the European Commission to report on the fulfillment by the candidate countries of the conditions listed by it in the conclusions on the respective membership applications, and promised to decide on further steps "as soon as all these conditions are fully met."
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