Ukraine can overcome Hungarian opposition to EU bid - Minister

Olga Stefanishyna

© APA | Olga Stefanishyna

# 09 November 2023 16:52 (UTC +04:00)

Ukraine will be able to overcome Hungary's political opposition to its bid to begin talks on membership with the European Union, Kyiv's minister for European integration said on Thursday, APA reports citing Reuters.

The European Commission this week recommended that the 27-member bloc formally start accession talks once Ukraine satisfies several remaining conditions, including boosting safeguards for national minorities.

EU member Hungary has said it would not support Ukraine's European integration unless Kyiv changes its laws on minorities, in particular regarding education.

Budapest has clashed with Kyiv over what it says are curbs on the rights of roughly 150,000 ethnic Hungarians to use their native tongue.

Ukraine's Hungarian minority was adequately protected and Ukrainian and Hungarian officials were working together on legislative changes recommended by Brussels, Olga Stefanishyna, the minister overseeing Ukraine's European integration, said at a news briefing in Kiev.