On the 4th of March 2017, ten years after Romania’s succession to the European Union, MEP Csaba Sógor organized a conference for Hungarian young people from Transylvania.
MEPs Andrea Bocskor, Andor Deli, Pál Csáky and Csaba Sógor organized a conference entitled Mother tongue vs state language - language issues in the European education systems on the 7th of March in the European Parliament. The opening speech was held by European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Navracsics Tibor, who pointed out during the speech: „Culture and language are bound together, and mother tongue education ensures the survival and prosperity of autochtonous national minorities in their homeland."
On Friday, 10th of March the 14th Gyarmathy scholarships were awarded during a ceremony held at Kalotaszentkirály-Zentelke. The students of the Gyarmathy school prepared a small festive programme, at the beginning of which director of the Ady Endre Elementary School and mayor Póka András held opening speeches.
The impact of the Europe for Citizens programme has become more significant with the accession of the Eastern European countries. This is the reason for which it should have a larger budget – stated Csaba Sógor in the EP. The RMDSZ MEP pointed out that the programme aims to give answers to issues raised in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Western Balkans: historical reconciliation, processing the common past and building mutual trust.
The US State Department’s annual Country Report on Human Rights brings serious criticism to Romania in regards to the situation of the Hungarian minority – pointed out MEP Csaba Sógor during the European Parliament’s plenary session in Strasbourg. In the opinion of the RMDSZ MEP, president Klaus Johannis’s statement, according to which Romania is a model state in terms of minority protection, is simply unrealistic.
The latest research on minority languages and education commissioned by the European Parliament draws several erroneous conclusions regarding the Hungarian education in Romania. According to Csaba Sógor the most unrealistic one is that the most important achievement of the Hungarian native language education in Romania is that students who graduate can obtain jobs in Hungary.
There is little talk about further extending the borders of the European Union, when we bring up the subject of the future of the EU, even though this is an issue of utmost importance in stabilizing the Western Balkans – argued Csaba Sógor during the Strasbourg plenary session.
National minorities in Romania should be the ones to judge their situation themselves, not the head of state, who has made it clear several times, that he thinks of himself not as a German but as a Romanian of German descent – stated Csaba Sógor in the European Parliament during the plenary session of February.