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.
Romania and Bulgaria are ready to join the Schengen area. The citizens of the two countries have been waiting for years now to get a positive decision from the member state ministers responsible for internal affairs, pointed out Csaba Sógor in the European Parliament on Wednesday, during the debate about expanding Schengen to Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia.
The European Parliament accepted the 2017 annual report on EU citizenship, which, as a result of MEP Csaba Sógor’s contribution deals extensively with the protection of autochthonous minorities, too.
Instead of improvements, there seem to be more obstacles in Romania in facilitating the access into labor market of persons with disabilities. Recently the Romanian government adopted an emergency decree which removed an option that cost the jobs and livelihood of most of the around 2000 persons with disabilities - pointed out Csaba Sógor in Brussels, in the Thursday parliament debate about implementing the European disability strategy.
“Today we draw attention to the need for devoted people. We are encouraging everyone to join this programme because families, talented young people and the Hungarian community in Transylvania as a whole have a lot to gain from it”, said Csaba Sógor on 24 November, Friday in the Bethlen Gábor College of Aiud, at the celebration of the “Godparent-programme” of the college.
“In Transylvania we build churches and we fill them with life. We can show a good example to the whole of Europe by keeping our communities strong. We can prove that it is worth believing and rejoicing in the Lord”, said MEP Csaba Sógor in his celebratory speech in Cetatea de Baltă/Küküllővár at the consecrating service of the newly renovated church.
The Conference of Women in Szeklerland organized by the Women’s Association in Udvarhelyszék of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania revolved around the topic of tradition and modernity. 50 women participated in Homoródfürdő/ Băile Homorod on November 10 and 11, on the 4th edition of the conference. The event was supported by EPP MEP Csaba Sógor.
“The situation and problems of European linguistic and ethnic minorities need more attention in the EU, especially if we consider that equal treatment is not a privilege but a right of every European citizen” - among others, this is a thought that is vigorously sustained by MEP Csaba Sógor and included in a new Opinion of the LIBE Committee of the European Parliament, of which he was the rapporteur. The LIBE Opinion also urges a more effective application of the European Citizens’ Initiative.
The loopholes in EU legislation concerning minority protection have clear negative consequences on the lives of millions of EU citizens. Therefore, acting on such longstanding omissions is as much a priority as monitoring the application of the EU law - argued Csaba Sógor in the European Parliament. In the Parliament session’s Thursday debate the politician of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania pointed out the shortcomings of the European minority protection in his speech on the report on monitoring the application of EU law in 2015.