MEPs called upon the Commission to set up a binding mechanism that would guarantee the respect for democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights in Member States. As a Hungarian from Romania Csaba Sógor stated: this may be the greatest practical contribution the European Parliament ever made in order to develop a framework for the European Union that would make the Copenhagen Criteria – including on securing the rights of national minorities – binding in case of Member States that already joined the EU.
The importance of the anti-corruption fight is undisputable, but the exaggerations of the Romanian authorities cannot be left unmentioned. Often enough the media announces accusations before the authorities, and these charges may or may not be confirmed later - declared MEP Csaba Sógor during the May 7th meeting of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee of the European Parliament during the debate on the European Commission’s 2014 report on Romania's and Bulgaria's progress on judiciary reform.
The European Commission encourages people with disabilities to apply for jobs in the European Union institutions and gives assurance that all necessary arrangements will be made to create the necessary working conditions for them. Members of the European Parliament debated on the issue on the 15th of April. During the plenary session in Brussels the MEPs agreed: the European Union institutions need to set an example for the Member States in this issue.
The European Parliament debated on the German regulations, which also affect Eastern-European freight transport operators. The plenary debate WAS held in Brussels on Wednesday, 25 March, in the presence of European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc.
Members of the European Parliament debated the situation of democracy, rule of law and fundamental rights in the EU on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by the Vice-President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans and a representative of the Latvian Presidency. MEPs assessed what tools the EU has in case EU member states themselves do not meet the Copenhagen criteria.
“We need to focus more on minority issues, because the way we treat them shows how much we respect each other in our society” – said the European Commission’s first vice president Frans Timmermans, at the meeting of the European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on Wednesday.
MEPs Csaba Sógor and Iuliu Winkler addressed a letter to the European Commission regarding the Romanian appellate court’s ruling in the Mikó case. In the letter addressed to First Vice President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans and Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner Vĕra Jourová the RMDSZ MEPs urge the European Commission to find a means to rectify the wrongful ruling.
“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.