Hunor Kelemen is the candidate of the RMDSZ, the Democratic Alliance of the Hungarians in Romania in the presidential elections to be held this November. The so called mini-parliament of the party, the Council of the Alliances’ Delegates (SZKT) has decided on the 30th of August in Marosvásárhely (Târgu Mureş) on the politician’s candidature, who is the leader of the RMDSZ and a deputy in the Romanian parliament.
Ethnic issues in Romania must be solved, not leaped over, recently appointed spokeswoman for the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) Csilla Hegedüs said in response to a Romanian opposition politician’s statement in Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureș.
Given the fact that this year an informal summit of Heads of State and Government of EU Member States will be held in the multi-ethnic region of Transylvania, event where EU leaders want to put their faith in a Europe with visible results for all citizens, autochthonous minorities should feel the outcome as well - said Csaba Sógor in Strasbourg.
The latest events that affect Hungarian students at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Targu Mures/ Marosvásárhely (MOGYE) are seriously discriminating and violate the principles of rule of law - said Csaba Sógor at the mini-plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels.
“Our communities can only develop, if we are able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the European Union. Transylvania can only be developed with efficient local governments and their persistent work” - said Csaba Sógor. The RMDSZ MEP participated in the annual report on activities of Gheorgheni/Gyergyóremete town council. The council spent more than 4 million euros of EU funds on various local developments.
The European Union should not repeat the mistakes of the past in the case of countries in pre-accession phase - said Csaba Sogor in the debate about the EU’s support for candidate countries. The RMDSZ MEP named Romania as an example, who did not fulfill the promises made at the time of accession regarding minority protection: for instance, it has never adopted the minority protection act, it prevents the restitution of church properties. Many minority rights recorded in law still do not apply in practice.
The European Parliament wants to put greater emphasis on the eradication of regional disparities, supporting rural areas and reducing social inequalities through one of the most important funds of the EU - reported Csaba Sógor, after the European Parliament’s plenary voted on the objectives of the European Social Fund for the budget period of 2021-2027, as well as the increase of budgetary framework.
Some member states of the EU are, without any official reasoning, blocking Romania’s and Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen. With this, they are sending the message to the 25 million EU citizens of the two countries that they are secondary citizens, who don’t even deserve a reasonable explanation for the situation that has developed - said MEP Csaba Sógor on Monday in the plenary of the European Parliament, where he was making a case for the two member states joining the Schengen Area.