Csaba Sógor thinks the situation of national minorities doesn’t draw enough attention because most of Western European countries have already settled majority-minority relations: there are acting conflict solving mechanisms, as well as several types of autonomies that ensure maintaining the identity of minorities.
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.
“The decision of the EC refuses the partnership offer of the European national and linguistic minorities. In my opinion the EC made a political decision, because this initiative - wanting to enforce minority rights - was properly prepared both legally and technically. I consider that the biggest success of our initiative is the achievement of the European minority solidarity. Our common proposals remains valid for the future, regardless the answer of the EC”– stated Kelemen Hunor, the president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) after the European Commission refused the registration of the Minority SafePack European Citizen’s Initiative. The members of the initiation committee were informed of this decision in a letter dated on the 16th of September.
Despite their different living conditions and objectives the ethnic minorities have recognized that they all want to secure their rights on the EU level. The Minority SafePack Initiative is the result of their common aim. The Initiative was registered at the European Commission, which will deliver its answer on the proposal in the next days - stated MEP Iuliu Winkler during an international security debate organized in the framework of the 23rd Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland.