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The success of the Minority SafePack will be the success of the European citizens, too
The success of the Minority SafePack will be the success of the European citizens, too
12.06.2017 | European Parliament

Like the President of the European Parliament, MEPs have to support the Minority SafePack initiative in the coming period - Csaba Sógor asked his fellow Members of the European Parliament.


Strengthening minority media should be a common European concern
Strengthening minority media should be a common European concern
12.06.2017 | European Parliament

With the participation of several experts from the Carpathian Basin a conference was held on the situation of Hungarian minority media on Wednesday, 7 June, in the European Parliament. The conference dealt with minority media in Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine.


Csaba Sógor: National minorities need positive discrimination
Csaba Sógor: National minorities need positive discrimination
12.06.2017 | European Parliament

Autochthonous national minorities need positive discrimination for genuine equal opportunities - said Csaba Sógor during the European Parliament's plenary on Wednesday evening. The DAHR representative expressed his opinion that the 2017 report of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) does not deal with national minorities.


‘Protectors of our Heritage’, a worthy example in Europe
‘Protectors of our Heritage’, a worthy example in Europe
07.06.2017 | European Parliament

Fifty students and teachers from Brasov, Cluj and Deva were invitees of Iuliu Winkler, MEP (RMDSZ, EPP), at a conference organized in the European Parliament in Brussels, which aimed to share best practices acquired within the “Protectors of Our Heritage - Adopt a Monument” Program; this initiative targets the safeguarding of the historical and cultural heritage of Transylvania by the youth.


Csaba Sógor in the EP on President Johannis’ statement regarding minorities

National minorities in Romania should be the ones to judge their situation themselves, not the head of state, who has made it clear several times, that he thinks of himself not as a German but as a Romanian of German descent – stated Csaba Sógor in the European Parliament during the plenary session of February. 


Csaba Sógor: Addressing minority issues - a precondition for the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
Csaba Sógor: Addressing minority issues - a precondition for the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

The new Ukrainian education draft law is a setback regarding mother tongue education, ignoring the concerns expressed by representatives of national minorities – pointed out Csaba Sógor, adding that apparently the Ukrainian Government has not read the conclusions of the most recent European Council meeting on the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, which emphasizes that the principles of democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights should be respected in the country.


Use of mother tongue should be encouraged in the European Union
Use of mother tongue should be encouraged in the European Union

Use of mother tongue and informing citizens in their own language ought to be encouraged in the European Union – this was the conclusion of the conference held in the European Parliament, where MEPs and language experts debated on the issue of linguistic equality in the digital age. Participants agreed, that the use of mother tongue would not only stimulate the economy but could also contribute to EU citizens being properly informed.


The situation of disabled people discussed in Sfântu-Gheorghe /  Sepsiszentgyörgy
The situation of disabled people discussed in Sfântu-Gheorghe / Sepsiszentgyörgy

Representatives of nongovernmental organizations dealing with the disabled urged for a better support of the work of social organizations and a shared setting of common goals. The specialists had a meeting in Sepsiszentgyörgy (Sfântu-Gheorghe), where they agreed to collaborate more in the future in order to improve the situation of people living with disabilities.


Sógor Csaba on the fight against corruption in Romania: the abuses ought also be seen by Europe
Sógor Csaba on the fight against corruption in Romania: the abuses ought also be seen by Europe
23.11.2016 | European Parliament

We cannot stand by and act like we can’t see the abuses of power in the fight against corruption in Romania – stated Sógor Csaba on Monday evening at the plenary session of the European Parliament. The Hungarian MEP from Transylvania showed the example of the Catholic School in Târgu-Mureș - the legality of establishment of which was recently questioned - saying that though the European public opinion often considers Romania’s actions against corruption as exemplary it ought to also see the abuses.


MEPs call for a biding mechanism on the respect for democracy and the rule of law
MEPs call for a biding mechanism on the respect for democracy and the rule of law

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.  



Csaba Sógor and Pál Csáky on the future of Europe
Csaba Sógor and Pál Csáky on the future of Europe

Members of the European Parliament Csaba Sógor and Pál Csáky debated about the transitioning Europe, the failings of multiculturalism, as well as the causes and consequences of the migration crises and the effects of Brexit. Hungarian MEP from Slovakia Csáky Pál arrived to Cluj-Napoca for the debate at the invitation of MEP Csaba Sógor. The event that took place on Friday, October 14th was hosted by Lutheran bishop Dezső Zoltán Adorjáni. 


Csaba Sógor in the EP: The use of minority community symbols still prohibited in Romania
Csaba Sógor in the EP: The use of minority community symbols still prohibited in Romania

The government in Romania continues to persecute people for the use of minority community symbols – stated Csaba Sógor during the European Parliament’s Strasbourg plenary session on Monday, October the 3rd


Csaba Sógor: More effective action from EU institutions against all forms of language discrimination
Csaba Sógor: More effective action from EU institutions against all forms of language discrimination

The European Parliament hosted one of the largest conferences organised in Europe for deaf and hard of hearing people. At the invitation of RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor a group of Hungarians from Transylvania also attended the event organised on the European Day of Languages, on the 28th of September. At the closing of the event a parliamentary draft resolution on the improvement of the situation of sign language speakers was also adopted.


European Citizen Award for the protector of natural and cultural values of Transylvania
European Citizen Award for the protector of natural and cultural values of Transylvania

This year, two persons were given the European Citizens Award in Romania, Professor Dr. Iordan Gheorghe Bărbulescu and Dr. Barbara Helen Knowles, a British research biologist, protector of natural and cultural values of Transylvania, and in particular the region of Szeklerland. The awards were handed over on the 23rd of September at the European Parliament’s Information Office in Bucharest.


Report on the effectiveness of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund adopted by the European Parliament
Report on the effectiveness of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund adopted by the European Parliament

The European Parliament has just adopted MEP Marian Harkin’s comprehensive report on the functioning of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF), the fund which provided the financial support for the employees made redundant following the closure of two large plants in Transylvania: Nokia in Jucu and Mechel in Câmpia Turzii. As shadow rapporteur on behalf of the European People's Party, MEP Csaba Sógor also contributed to the document adopted on 15 September in Strasbourg.

 


Social dumping or veiled protectionism?
Social dumping or veiled protectionism?

Eastern and Central European companies may be forced out of the western market should their competitive advantage related to cheaper labour cease. In the opinion of MEP Csaba Sógor, Romanian companies that conduct business abroad could be adversely impacted by recent efforts to level services prices, which are becoming increasingly visible within the European Union and in some Member States.


Transylvanian wines and beer in Europe
Transylvanian wines and beer in Europe

European policy makers participated at a Transylvanian wine and beer tasting in Strasbourg at the event organised by the European Parliamentary Association (EPA) following this week’s plenary session of the European Parliament. 


Sógor: European Union reports on fundamental rights should focus more on national minorities
Sógor: European Union reports on fundamental rights should focus more on national minorities

Reports of the European Union focus more on the recently arrived migrant communities than on the autochthonous national minorities of  Europe – stated Csaba Sógor during the hearing of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2015. During the public hearing organised on June 16th in the European Parliament, several documents were under discussion: the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights’s (FRA) 2016 report and the European Commission’s 2015 report on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.


European wholesalers abuse their dominant market positions
European wholesalers abuse their dominant market positions

The European Parliament aims to discourage unfair trading practices, affecting micro-, small and medium sized enterprises on the European market. SMEs, which make up over 90 percent of the EU’s economic structure, should benefit from a better protection in the food supply chain - concluded the MEPs during the June 6th-9th June Strasbourg plenary session the European Parliament.


One in ten cigarettes sold illegally in the EU
One in ten cigarettes sold illegally in the EU

Illegally smuggled cigarettes and tobacco products cost the member states of the European Union an estimated ten billion Euros per year in lost revenues. In addition to the economic losses, smuggling also undermines public health policies and violates the EU regulations on tobacco manufacturing, distribution and sale - said MEP Csaba Sógor.