A vehement protest action preceded a conference hosted in the European Parliament’s building in Brussels by RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor on the Turkish minority in Greece. Right before the start of the conference entitled Freedom of association in Greece - a loophole in European minority rights standards MEPs of the Greek far-right tried to disrupt the conference by using violent language and claiming that there is no Turkish minority in Greece - a fact, which according to Csaba Sógor only demonstrates how real the problems of ethnic minorities are in Greece.
The failure of the European Union as regards the efficient tackling of the refugee crisis has largely been triggered by the fact that European leaders disregarded their own decisions and the relevant European regulations. This is the conclusion expressed by MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP) in his written declaration submitted during the debate on the refugee crisis, the protection of EU´s external borders and the future of the Schengen Area, Tuesday night, in the European Parliament’s (EP) Plenary session in Strasbourg.
According to Csaba Sógor candidate countries should fulfil the commitments before becoming member states. Romania is yet to adopt the minority protection law approved by the government in 2005, before the EU accession – pointed out Csaba Sógor during the Wednesday afternoon plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Kosovo is to come into force, after the European Parliament voted on the proposal on the 21st of January. In the opinion of RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor the agreement deals with minority protection issues only in general terms, which is not enough as experience shows.
Members of the European Parliament call for an increase in women's entrepreneurial activity. In 2012 only 31 percent of entrepreneurs within the European Union are women – states the EP in its report adopted in Strasbourg, on January 19th.
The collective stigmatisation of a community will hinder dialogue and discussion on important issues that we have had little of to this day in Romania – stated Csaba Sógor during the December plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Monday evening.
A structured dialogue with Vera Jourová, EU Commissioner of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality was on the agenda of the December 10th meeting of the LIBE committee, as well as a public hearing on a monitoring mechanism of the situation of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in the European Union.
The international development policy is far from being a humanitarian act, a strong economic development and a higher standard of living is in the best interest of the European citizens as well – pointed out Csaba Sógor on Wednesday at the European Parliament’s debate on the European Year of Development.
There is still very much work to be done in terms of applying prescriptions on minority protection included in international conventions – said Csaba Sógor on Monday evening at the Strasbourg plenary session of the European Parliament, where he urged the institutions of the European Union to adopt a legally binding minority protection framework.
It can only benefit a country if it addresses minority issues in a satisfactory manner and guarantees comprehensive minority protection laws – was the conclusion of the panel discussion of MEPs Csaba Sógor and Pál Csáky on the 21st of November at the 2nd Visegrad International Youth Conference in Cluj-Napoca.
Representatives of the civil and professional sector urged for the term wood pastures to be recognised and used in European directives. Experts say wood pastures are a way of using land that has been around for centuries and that they should be included in the rural development programme of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for their ecological, cultural and historical values.
Iuliu Winkler, MEP, has been elected, this Wednesday, through a unanimous vote, as First Vice President of SME Europe - the lobby organization for SMEs of the European People's Party (EPP) - in its General Assembly which was organized on the sidelines of the EPP Congress in Madrid.
A closer cooperation between regions can lead to a significant increase in the degree of absorption of European funds, for the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, stated MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP), Wednesday, at the “Twinned regions open for support of SMEs and urban-rural development through EU funded projects” debate, which took place at this year´s “Open Days” event at the Committee of the Regions.
In an unprecedented way, the Council of the European Union is adopting decisions with a majority of the votes of Member States, without taking each other’s positions into account, which sends the message to the Eastern European states that their opinion does not matter – pointed out Csaba Sógor during the European Parliament’s plenary session, where the MEPs urged for a greater commitment from the EU regarding the promotion of security and stability in countries like Libya and Syria, the largest sources of immigration at the moment.
We can see similar errors in how the refugee crisis and autochthonous minority protection issues are handled, when responding to both with the same set of measures, though they are two very different problems – pointed out Csaba Sógor in Brussels. The RMDSZ MEP emphasized: indigenous minorities are not immigrants, also pointing out that among the latter there are both genuine asylum seekers in need of support as well as economic migrants.
MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP), Vice-Chair of the European Parliament´s (EP) International Trade Committee (INTA), considers that the establishment of a new investment arbitration system between the EU and the US, as part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), creates an excellent opportunity for a revision of the various Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) between the EU Member States (MS).
Commemorating seventy years since the artist’s death, an exhibition celebrating the life and work of composer Béla Bartók was opened in Brussels. The exhibition showcasing the work of the renowned Hungarian artist was organised by RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor and sponsored by the European People's Party. The opening ceremony took place at the European Parliament, on the 15th of September.
MEP Iuliu Winkler (EPP, UDMR), salutes the declaration of the European Commission (EC) President, Jean-Claude Juncker, in his speech concerning the "State of the Union", related to his determination not to allow the abolition of the Schengen system.
An efficient European response to the migrant crisis requires a substantial increase of the corresponding funds in the EU budget for 2016, claims MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP), in the opening of the European Parliament´s (EP) International Trade Committee (INTA) first autumn session meeting, which took place Monday, 31st August.
On the 11th July Iuliu Winkler and Csaba Sógor RMDSZ MEPs held a discussion on the topic of migration at the EU Camp organized at Izvorul Mureșului by the Hungarian Youth Conference (MIÉRT), the Executive Presidency of RMDSZ and the Kós Károly Academy Foundation between the 7th and 12th July for the 12th time this year.