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.
Youth leaders and Hungarian youth organizations in Transylvania play an important role in promoting the learning opportunities available to young people in the European Union – stated Csaba Sógor in Cluj-Napoca, where he met with youth leaders on Saturday, December 3rd.
Restitution of confiscated properties, free use of minority symbols, proper application and extension of minority rights are just a few aspects included in the agreement signed by the RMDSZ and the newly established government coalition inBucharest.
Representatives of nongovernmental organizations dealing with the disabled urged for a better support of the work of social organizations and a shared setting of common goals. The specialists had a meeting in Sepsiszentgyörgy (Sfântu-Gheorghe), where they agreed to collaborate more in the future in order to improve the situation of people living with disabilities.