The specific problems of national minorities must also be included in the Future of Europe dialogues

25.02.2019 | European Parliament
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The specific problems of national minorities must also be included in the Future of Europe dialogues

Given the fact that this year an informal summit of Heads of State and Government of EU Member States will be held in the multi-ethnic region of Transylvania, event where EU leaders want to put their faith in a Europe with visible results for all citizens, autochthonous minorities should feel the outcome as well - said Csaba Sógor in Strasbourg.

The RMDSZ MEP spoke on the report about the future of Europe at the Strasbourg plenary on Monday. According to the European Commission, the debate reaches one of its most important milestones of this year, with the occasion of the Heads of State and Government meeting in Sibiu / Nagyszeben in May, where EU leaders want to put their faith in a Europe with visible results for all citizens. “In my opinion the summit which will take place in the multi-ethnic region of Transylvania, should bring visible and tangible results to autochthonous minorities as well” - he stressed.

Csaba Sógor reminded: Sibiu/ Nagyszeben was once the central location of several hundred thousand Germans living as a minority in Transylvania. Today, unfortunately, only a few tens of thousands of Germans live in Romania. However, the Hungarian community of Transylvania counts 1. 3 million people and expects Europe to pay attention to abuses it faces: like not being able to use freely its own symbols, rights of using their mother tongue existing only on paper or the fact that the future of medical education in Hungarian language is at risk. “Brainstorming about the future of Europe must include the specific problems of national minorities, which cannot remain only at a Member State level”- said the MEP from Transylvania.