The President of Romania asked Ukraine to review the law on national minorities

Sofiia Telishevska

The President of Romania Klaus Iohannis, during a telephone conversation with Volodymyr Zelensky, called on Ukraine to review the law on national minorities adopted in December 2022. This issue is among the requirements for the further movement of Kyiv in the EU.

This is stated in the press release of the Office of the Romanian President following the conversation.

In connection with this issue, the foreign ministers of Ukraine and Romania will hold bilateral negotiations.

The Office of the President of Romania claims that the Ukrainian leader "expressed openness to finding solutions so that the Romanian community in Ukraine could enjoy the same rights as the Ukrainian community in Romania."

The Romanian president also condemned Russiaʼs attacks on civilian objects and critical infrastructure in Ukraine, which are war crimes under international humanitarian law, and emphasized that Romania will continue to support Ukraine.

Zelenskyʼs message on Twitter states that the leaders of the two states agreed on "steps to further develop bilateral cooperation, primarily in the defense sector," and also discussed the "peace formula" and issues of the bilateral agenda.

  • On December 13, 2022, the Verkhovna Rada adopted the law "On National Minorities (Communities) of Ukraine", which is included in the so-called European integration package. The law should improve the implementation of the rights of national minorities and the principles of state policy towards them. In particular, it is about the rights to self-identification, the use of languages of national minorities, to education, to participation in political, economic, social and cultural life, etc.
  • The law was finalized on the basis of the conclusion of the Council of Europe and in cooperation with its experts. It is currently awaiting the signature of the President of Ukraine.
  • At the same time, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Romania stated that it unsuccessfully requested consultations with the Ukrainian side regarding the law, and expressed dissatisfaction with a number of its provisions.