“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.
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.
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 key to disentangling the situation in Ukraine is to find a solution to the minority issue, said Csaba Sógor in Râmetea, at a summer university camp organized for political science students. At the event organised between 3 and 6 July the participants discussed topics such as self-determination, nationalism and world politics. On Friday RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor spoke about the Ukrainian conflict and how it is seen in the European Parliament.
The European People’s Party (EPP) has included the protection of traditional national and linguistic minority rights among the priorities of its 2014-2019 strategy. The members of the largest MEP group met between the 16th and the 19th of June in Portugal. The RMDSZ MEPs were also present at the event.
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 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.
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.
Only financing long term projects supported by the EU we will lead to the desired progress concerning the Roma issues, stressed Iuliu Winkler MEP during the exchange of views with Charlina Vitcheva, Director of European Commission DG REGIO, regarding the Pilot Project on Roma Inclusion which took place on Thursday in REGI Committee Meeting.
The Federal Union in European Nationalities (FUEN), the largest European umbrella organization of the national minorities is deeply concerned about recent developments regarding national minority rights in Romania, where the government repealed an already legally consecrated minority right, by the withdrawal of a government resolution on the creation of a Hungarian language faculty within the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Târgu Mureș - Marosvásárhely.
MEP Csaba Sógor spoke about the situation of the Medical and Pharmaceutical University of Tirgu Mures, Romania, in the plenary session of the European Parliament on the 26th of September.