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Latvian MEP to «cause a scandal» where he can to stop school reform

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMembers of the European Parliament Andrejs Mamikins and Miroslavs Mitrofanovs have gathered support from 114 of their fellow MEPs to request the Latvian government and Saeima to review the already approved amendments to the Education Law and General Education Law that govern realization of the national minorities’ school reform, as confirmed by Mamikins.

In the request initiated by Mamikins and Mitrofanovs, the position is detailed in which Russians in Latvia are described as one of Europe’s traditional linguistic minorities, and that Latvia’s government should respect their rights, says the MEP.

«MEPs remind that it is written in the EU agreement that the union bases its views on respect of national minorities. General Convention on the Protection of National Minorities, which Latvia has ratified, mentions that in the event of considerable demand, education is to be provided in the language of national minorities. MEPs especially underline that there is considerable demand among Russians living in Latvia,» Mamikins added.

MEPs also remind that the European Parliament’s 2004 resolution, which was approved before Latvia’s joining of the EU, states the need to preserve a considerable number of subjects in the native language of students studying them, and these recommendations are binding and topical to this day.

«We meet, discuss and analyse the situation with every MEP that joins our request. Our colleagues’ conclusion was unanimous: How could something like this happen in one of Europe’s member states? MEPs from all 28 EU member states have signed under our request. This is the first time when such a large number of MEPs directly address Latvia’s power institutions. I believe there is no need to hide the true face of Latvia’s nationalism,» add the politician.

There are 741 members of the European Parliament.

As previously reported, Latvia’s Saeima has approved in the final reading amendments to the Education Law and General Education Law in March. These amendments provide for a gradual transition to education in Latvian language for nearly all subjects in Latvia’s schools starting from 2019/2020.

The politician had previously turned other people’s attention that he wants the education reform matter to be viewed in the EP Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs. He said he intends to work to make it happen. Maminkins’ goal is having the aforementioned amendments viewed by the Council of Europe Advisory Group on Constitutional Affairs. «I’ll cause a scandal in the EP, and everywhere else I can to contest this reform,» he said.


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