The future of minority languages in Europe was on the agenda of the European Parliament on Tuesday, February 24th as Hungarian MEP from Romania Csaba Sógor, Wales MEP Jill Evans and South-Tyrolean MEP Herbert Dorfmann hosed a conference entitled Language, Identity and Power. The event organised on the International Mother Tongue Day was attended by representatives of the civil, political and professional society.
Members of the European Parliament debated the situation of democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by the Vice-President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans and a representative of the Latvian Presidency. MEPs assessed what tools the EU has in case EU member states themselves do not meet the Copenhagen criteria.
Astrid Thors, High Commissioner on National Minorities at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe presented the situation of national minorities in Europe at the Strasbourg meeting of the European parliament’s Minority Workgroup on February 12th. The High Commissioner stressed the importance of a definition of national minorities and the need for peaceful diplomatic relations between states in the interest of protecting and applying minority rights.
“We need to focus more on minority issues, because the way we treat them shows how much we respect each other in our society” – said the European Commission’s first vice president Frans Timmermans, at the meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on Wednesday.
“The European Ombudsman should engage in raising awareness about the national minority rights specified in the European agreements and treaties”- pointed out Csaba Sógor in the European Parliament. The EP reviewed the activities of the institution for the year 2013 on Thursday, January 15th.
This month's topic of the Paneuropean Working Group of the European Parliament concerned the issue of national minorities. Austrian MEP Paul Rübig, president of the working group entrusted RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor to present the situation of traditional minorities in Europe at the meeting in Strasburg on the 13th of January 2015.
Does Romania meet the criteria of rule of law, which was a precondition for joining the EU? - asked Csaba Sógor at the December plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where he informed the MEPs about the restitution process in Romania, which was not only stopped but reversed recently.
“As a result of many years of cooperation the issue of traditional national minorities is on the EPP agenda, and it is one of the group's priorities for this mandate”- said MEP Csaba Sógor following the European Peoples' Party’s (EPP) decision to organise a public hearing on the matter in 2015. The MEP stressed, that both the RMDSZ MEPs, and other minority MEPs from Europe lobbied for several years for this issue.
The EU will not be able to meet its 75 % employment target unless enough women are encouraged to enter or remain in the workforce and the gender gap in employment is reduced – pointed out Csaba Sógor during the debate on the EU 2020 startegy at the plenary meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 25th of November.
Between the 14th and 16th of November in Sânvăsii the European Union's immigration, family, and employment policies were debated on by young applicants, who competed for a one-month internship position in the Brussels and Strasbourg office of RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor.
The European Parliament expressed its concern Thursday, 13 November in relation to the recent developments of the peace process in Northern Ireland. The resolution adopted on the 13th of November by the members of the EP calls for improving inter-community relations and continuing the peace process.
We need to create the possibility of financing the social activities of the traditional, historic churches with European Funds – pointed out MEP Csaba Sógor in the European Parliament. The MEP believes social involvement of the church in places where governmental institutions or NGOs cannot fulfill their roles is essential.
MEP Csaba Sógor criticized the annual report of the The Fundamental Rights Agency presented this Thursday in the European Parliament, which failed to evaluate the situation of autochthonous national minorities living in the member states.
RMDSZ Member of the European Parliament Csaba Sógor has announced a competition for traineeships in the EP. Young people will have a chance to join the team working in the Brussels and Strasbourg offices for a month in 2015 and learn about the activity of the EP and MEP Sógor. Applications are accepted until the 15th of October 2014.
The level of youth unemployment has reached 23% in the European Union, while in some member states the number of people between the age of 16 and 25 is above 50%. The resolution adopted on Thursday, 17th of July by the European Parliament finds that youth unemployment of this magnitude has never been seen in the EU and that there is a need to address this issue on an EU and member state level.
Csaba Sógor on the Minority Safepack initiative at the EP plenary in Strasbourg. “If the proposed citizens' initiative falls outside the competences of the European Union, it means that Europe does not listen to over 40 million of its citizens”, pointed out Csaba Sógor on Monday at the Strasbourg plenary session of the European Parliament.
„Cooperation between the political groups in Brussels, where only 3.46 percent of the MEPs are Hungarian, is essential for the implementation of national policy objectives" – pointed out MEP Csaba Sógor at the event organised on the 27th of June in Budapest by the National Policy Research Institute of Hungary. Hungarian Deputy Secretary of State on National Policies Zsuzsanna Répás and Hungarian MEP from Slovakia Pál Csáky were also present at the event entitled Representing Hungarians from Slovakia and Romania in the European Parliament.
During the plenary session of the European Parliament of Wednesday DAHR MEP Csaba Sógor explained his vote concerning the revision of the Honey Directive, expressing his concern for the Central and Eastern European beekeepers.
RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor took part in several report debates at this year’s first plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The EU should hold the member states accountable for the enforcement of minority rights, these criteria should not only be expected of the accession states, stressed MEP Csaba Sógor at the EP plenary in December.