In a year’s time almost one hundred petitions were submitted to the European Parliament from Romania. Most complaints per inhabitant were submitted from this country. According to Csaba Sógor the number of petitions demonstrates that there are systemic problems in Romania, which call for the European Commission’s particular attention.
The mayor of the town of Târgu-Mureș, where almost half of the city population is Hungarian, refused the request of Hungarian organisations to have cultural events organised in the main square of the city. In our opinion, such a request can only be rejected based an serious security threats, but a cultural event obviously cannot offer such a ground - stated Loránt VINCZE at a conference organized in Szentistván, in Mures county, in the central part of Romania.
On Thursday, May 30th DAHR MEP Csaba Sógor was the guest speaker at the series of conferences organised by the Braşov territorial organisation of the DAHR and the Evangelical Lutheran Church. The MEP gave a speech on current European Union issues.
The president of the Democratic Alliance of the Hungarians in Romania, Hunor Kelemen, and the president of FUEN, Hans Heinrich Hansen went to Kiel, the capital of Schleswig-Holstein for a working visit with the Minister for Justice, Culture and European Affairs, Anke Spoorendonk. Hunor Kelemen has been Minister of Culture in the Romanian Government.
Jannewietske de Vries, the president of the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) joined as the seventh member the citizen’s commitee of the European Citizen’s Initiative founded by the RMDSZ (Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania), the FUEN (Federal Union of European Nationalities) and the SVP (South Tyrolean People's Party).
The founding partners of the Minority European Citizens Initiative have met the Minister-President of the German-speaking Community of Belgium yesterday, April 29, 2013 inBrussels. Mr. Karl-Heinz Lambertz declared in the meeting that he accepts the invitation to join the seven members of the Citizens Committee of the Minority ECI. The leader of the German-speaking Community inBelgiumexplained that the initiative is a huge chance for minorities to get European answers to their concerns.
21.04.2013 - Good news for the citizens’ initiative of the minorities in Europe, which wants to collect one million signatures for diversity in Europe: Valentin Inzko has declared that he wants to join and work for it as one of the founding members. Valentin Inzko is an Austrian diplomat and a Carinthian Slovene.
"If the representatives of two national minorities come across anywhere in Europe, in a few minutes they can identify each other’s problems and begin to look together for the means to solve them. The Minority European Citizen’s Initiative created a common problem solving instrument, the platform for European minority solidarity. The Breton minority in France should play an important role in this project", stated Loránt Vincze in Ploemeur, Brittany.
Minority rights and European law experts say the assessment of the founding partners on the minority European Citizens' Initiative is correct and the idea of presenting a Minority SafePack for safeguarding the European national minorities to the European Commission is well founded. The exchange of view took place on Tuesday, the 22 January, in Brussels, at the European Parliament in a closed doors meeting and was organized by the Federal Union of the European Nationalities (FUEN).
The president of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania, Hunor Kelemen, has signed on Monday, January 14, 2013 in South Tirol a partnership agreement on the preparation of a European citizens’ initiative, with Richard Theiner, the chairman of the Südtiroler Volkspartei (South Tyrolean People’s Party) and with Hans Heinrich Hansen, the president of the Federeal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN).