“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.
The diversity of languages in Europe is nothing less than the living heritage which secures the sustainable development of European societies, states Iuliu Winkler (RMDSZ, EPP) in an explanation of vote on Alfonsi Report on endangered European languages and linguistic diversity in the EU.
Csaba Sógor organized a conference entitled The future of our mother tongue in Brussels
At the meeting of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) of the European Parliament from 29 May DAHR MEP Csaba Sógor was appointed responsible for the own initiative report insisting on a EU-wide general and universal social insurance system. The document will be debated following the 202/2012 proposal of the ILO (The International Labour Organisation of the United Nations – www.ilo.org).
On March 11th, the first day of this month’s EP plenary session in Strasbourg DAHR MEP Csaba Sógor spoke about the shortcomings of Romania’s minority policy, and explained to his fellow MEPs that there are vast differences between what is in the laws and the everyday reality.
The European Parliament and the European Commission organized a public hearing on February 20th in Brussels, on the subject of maximizing the use of the benefits of European citizenship. This was the first of the series of events organized within the European Year of Citizens (2013). The aim of the European Year is to eliminate the European citizenship-related practical barriers citizens encounter in their everyday lives – especially in the fields of freedom of movement and exercising political rights – through the events organized throughout the year.
MEPs debated the Annual Report on Human Rights in the World and the European Union's policy in the Matter during the European Parliament’s plenary session from the 17th of April. Special focus was put on the impact human rights have on the EU’s strategic policy in the field.