On Monday afternoon, the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) voted on the priorities of the European Social Fund (ESF). The adopted report includes a number of proposed amendments of MEP Csaba Sógor, which highlight the aspects of lagging regions and the point of view of disadvantaged social groups.
On Wednesday, the most comprehensive report on the protection of national minorities has been adopted by the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament. According to Csaba Sógor, the report urges a number of problems that the Hungarian community in Romania faces day by day. The report confirms of the need for a minority protection framework in the EU.
Romania belongs to those EU countries that will be considerably affected by the U.S. duties on steel and aluminium imports from the EU, declared MEP Iuliu WINKLER, Vice-Chair of the Committee on International Trade (INTA) in the European Parliament, in a press conference in Deva, on Monday.
Csaba Sógor thinks the situation of national minorities doesn’t draw enough attention because most of Western European countries have already settled majority-minority relations: there are acting conflict solving mechanisms, as well as several types of autonomies that ensure maintaining the identity of minorities.
“The EU shouldn’t just evaluate the Romanian justice system from corruption point of view, but rather expect the rule of law to prevail, given the fact that the majority of citizens think that this is what the justice system lacks” - argued Csaba Sógor in Strasbourg in the debate about the Romanian justice system.
“Citizens are offended when television providers limit access to a media service. Watching a sports game for instance shouldn’t be limited because of geocoding” - argued Csaba Sógor on the geo-blocking regulation voted on 6 February in the European Parliament.
The European Union (EU) needs to strive for an efficient implementation of provisions found in the Trade and Sustainable Development (TSD) Chapters within EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), stated Member of European Parliament (MEP) Iuliu Winkler, in the Tuesday evening Strasbourg Plenary sitting. The RMDSZ MEP, Vice-Chair of the Committee on International Trade (INTA), has presented the EPP Group´s position, in the debate on the INTA question for oral answer for the European Commission regarding the implementation of TSD Chapters in EU FTAs.
Supporting the Minority Safepack initiative can prove that the 50 million EU citizens that belong to an ethnic or linguistic minority group are facing specific issues - said Csaba Sógor on his presentation in Csíkszereda, Romania. The RMDSZ MEP thinks that signatures demonstrate our communities’ problems are important and need to be analysed more thoroughly by the EU. The minority protection problem cannot be treated solely as a member state issue.
In a year’s time almost one hundred petitions were submitted to the European Parliament from Romania. Most complaints per inhabitant were submitted from this country. According to Csaba Sógor the number of petitions demonstrates that there are systemic problems in Romania, which call for the European Commission’s particular attention.