This summer the European Union joined the Istanbul Convention - the members of the European Union debated about its implementation and monitoring on Monday afternoon in Strasbourg. In his speech Csaba Sógor MEP from RMDSZ stated that emphasis should be put not only on the fight against violence but on prevention and raising awareness too, because violence against women is not a private matter.
Yes, this is happening in the European Union, not somewhere in the third world - Csaba Sógor said in the European Parliament about the situation of the Roman Catholic Theological High School from Târgu Mureș.
We often witness that the national, autochthonous or linguistic minorities living on the territory of the European Union are discriminated against, this is why it is welcome that the president of the European Commission considers that we have to ensure a European Union of freedom, of equality of rights and of rule of law - Csaba Sógor reacted to Jean-Claude Junker’s ‘State of the Union’ speech in the European Parliament.
For the past twenty years the Ház a Holnapért (House for Tomorrow) Association has been offering help to orphan and socially disadvantaged children and young adults. The NGO offers a good example for the entire Romanian childcare system with its activity - considers Csaba Sógor, Member of the European Parliament and president of the association. The 20th anniversary was held in Cristuru Secuiesc / Székelykeresztúr on 16 September, in the presence of the association’s German supporters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.