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.
We do not support the Government's decision and we believe that amending the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code via emergency government ordinances was a mistake. The RMDSZ upholds its original view that both codes should be amended in accordance with the decisions of theConstitutional Courtand only subsequent to a parliamentary debate.
The new Ukrainian education draft law is a setback regarding mother tongue education, ignoring the concerns expressed by representatives of national minorities – pointed out Csaba Sógor, adding that apparently the Ukrainian Government has not read the conclusions of the most recent European Council meeting on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which emphasizes that the principles of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights should be respected in the country.
Use of mother tongue and informing citizens in their own language ought to be encouraged in the European Union – this was the conclusion of the conference held in the European Parliament, where MEPs and language experts debated on the issue of linguistic equality in the digital age. Participants agreed, that the use of mother tongue would not only stimulate the economy but could also contribute to EU citizens being properly informed.
The most recent, 2015 European Union report on the situation of fundamental rights finally has a chapter dedicated to the rights of minorities. In the opinion of Csaba Sógor the European Union was long overdue to consider facts regarding national minorities living within the EU borders. MEPs debated and voted on the report on Monday, December 13th, during the European Parliament’s Strasbourg plenary session.