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Csaba Sógor: Development policy isn’t solely a humanitarian act
Csaba Sógor: Development policy isn’t solely a humanitarian act
03.12.2015 | European Parliament

The international development policy is far from being a humanitarian act, a strong economic development and a higher standard of living is in the best interest of the European citizens as well – pointed out Csaba Sógor on Wednesday at the European Parliament’s debate on the European Year of Development.


Csaba Sógor called for a regulatory framework on minority protection
Csaba Sógor called for a regulatory framework on minority protection
24.11.2015 | European Parliament

There is still very much work to be done in terms of applying prescriptions on minority protection included in international conventions – said Csaba Sógor on Monday evening at the Strasbourg plenary session of the European Parliament, where he urged the institutions of the European Union to adopt a legally binding minority protection framework.


Csaba Sógor: Autochtonous national minorities can be the engines of regional cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe
Csaba Sógor: Autochtonous national minorities can be the engines of regional cooperation in Central and Eastern Europe
21.11.2015 | European Parliament

It can only benefit a country if it addresses minority issues in a satisfactory manner and guarantees comprehensive minority protection laws – was the conclusion of the panel discussion of MEPs Csaba Sógor and Pál Csáky on the 21st of November at the 2nd Visegrad International Youth Conference in Cluj-Napoca.  


Csaba Sógor: Clear European directives should exist for the protection of wood pastures
Csaba Sógor: Clear European directives should exist for the protection of wood pastures

Representatives of the civil and professional sector urged for the term wood pastures to be recognised and used in European directives. Experts say wood pastures are a way of using land that has been around for centuries and that they should be included in the rural development programme of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) for their ecological, cultural and historical values.


Iuliu Winkler elected First Vice President of SME Europe
Iuliu Winkler elected First Vice President of SME Europe

Iuliu Winkler, MEP, has been elected, this Wednesday, through a unanimous vote, as First Vice President of SME Europe - the lobby organization for SMEs of the European People's Party (EPP) - in its General Assembly which was organized on the sidelines of the EPP Congress in Madrid.

 


Intra-regional cooperation can lead to an increase in the degree of usage of European funds
Intra-regional cooperation can lead to an increase in the degree of usage of European funds
15.10.2015 | European Parliament

A closer cooperation between regions can lead to a significant increase in the degree of absorption of European funds, for the 2014-2020 Multiannual Financial Framework, stated MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP), Wednesday, at the “Twinned regions open for support of SMEs and urban-rural development through EU funded projects” debate, which took place at this year´s “Open Days” event at the Committee of the Regions.


Csaba Sógor: The EU is in a foreign policy trap
Csaba Sógor: The EU is in a foreign policy trap

In an unprecedented way, the Council of the European Union is adopting decisions with a majority of the votes of Member States, without taking each other’s positions into account, which sends the message to the Eastern European states that their opinion does not matter – pointed out Csaba Sógor during the European Parliament’s plenary session, where the MEPs urged for a greater commitment from the EU regarding the promotion of security and stability in countries like Libya and  Syria, the largest sources of immigration at the moment.


Csaba Sógor: We tend to make the same mistakes when handling the refugee crisis as in autochthonous minority protection issues
Csaba Sógor: We tend to make the same mistakes when handling the refugee crisis as in autochthonous minority protection issues

We can see similar errors in how the refugee crisis and autochthonous minority protection issues are handled, when responding to both with the same set of measures, though they are two very different problems – pointed out Csaba Sógor in Brussels. The RMDSZ MEP emphasized: indigenous minorities are not immigrants, also pointing out that among the latter there are both genuine asylum seekers in need of support as well as economic migrants.   

 


A new system of investment arbitration needed in TTIP, but also in intra-EU investment treaties
A new system of investment arbitration needed in TTIP, but also in intra-EU investment treaties

MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP), Vice-Chair of the European Parliament´s (EP) International Trade Committee (INTA), considers that the establishment of a new investment arbitration system between the EU and the US, as part of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), creates an excellent opportunity for a revision of the various Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) between the EU Member States (MS).


Celebrating the life and work of Béla Bartók in Brussels
Celebrating the life and work of Béla Bartók in Brussels
16.09.2015 | Culture , European Parliament

Commemorating seventy years since the artist’s death, an exhibition celebrating the life and work of composer Béla Bartók was opened in Brussels. The exhibition showcasing the work of the renowned Hungarian artist was organised by RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor and sponsored by the European People's Party. The opening ceremony took place at the European Parliament, on the 15th of September.


Romania and Bulgaria would appreciate the manifestation of European solidarity when it comes to their accession to the Schengen Area
Romania and Bulgaria would appreciate the manifestation of European solidarity when it comes to their accession to the Schengen Area
09.09.2015 | European Parliament

MEP Iuliu Winkler (EPP, UDMR), salutes the declaration of the European Commission (EC) President, Jean-Claude Juncker, in his speech concerning the "State of the Union", related to his determination not to allow the abolition of the Schengen system.


More funds necessary for tackling the migrant crisis
More funds necessary for tackling the migrant crisis

An efficient European response to the migrant crisis requires a substantial increase of the corresponding funds in the EU budget for 2016, claims MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP), in the opening of the European Parliament´s (EP) International Trade Committee (INTA) first autumn session meeting, which took place Monday, 31st August.


RMDSZ MEPs on immigration in Izvorul Mureșului
RMDSZ MEPs on immigration in Izvorul Mureșului

On the 11th July Iuliu Winkler and Csaba Sógor RMDSZ MEPs held a discussion on the topic of migration at the EU Camp organized at Izvorul Mureșului by the Hungarian Youth Conference (MIÉRT), the Executive Presidency of RMDSZ and the Kós Károly Academy Foundation between the 7th and 12th July for the 12th time this year. 


TTIP could accelerate European integration
TTIP could accelerate European integration
10.07.2015 | European Parliament , economy

A Transatlantic agreement negotiated with professionalism and to the benefit of every European, though it may seem as a paradox, could accelerate the integration process for Central and Eastern European Member States, including Romania, claims MEP Iuliu Winkler (UDMR, EPP), Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s (EP) International Trade Committee (INTA).


European Parliament Conference Concludes: EU Needs Fresh Input to Facilitate the Collective Understanding of Religious Freedom
European Parliament Conference Concludes: EU Needs Fresh Input to Facilitate the Collective Understanding of Religious Freedom
08.07.2015 | European Parliament , Religion

On 30 June 2015, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO), in cooperation with Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) convened an international conference entitled ‘Freedom of Religion? The Price of Faith’ at the European Parliament in Brussels. Hosted by Csaba Sógor MEP (EPP), György Hölvényi MEP (EPP) and Ilhan Kyuchyuk MEP (ALDE), the conference addressed the issues arising when people’s freedom to practice their religion comes into contention with social and geopolitical forces, as well as the question of how to promote constructive relations between religious communities and cultures. 


The Dalai Lama celebrated with an exhibition in the EP
The Dalai Lama celebrated with an exhibition in the EP
01.07.2015 | European Parliament

On the 30th of June an exhibition was held to celebrate the religious and political leader of Tibet in sign of appreciation of the example he represents for the whole world. The exhibition entitled Ways of wisdom was organized on the occasion of the 80th birthday of the XIVth incarnation of Dalai Lama by Csaba Sógor and Thomas Mann MEP's in cooperation with the office of Tibet (Brussels) and International Campaign for Tibet.


The representative of the Turkish minority from Bulgaria hosted by Csaba Sógor in Cluj-Napoca
The representative of the Turkish minority from Bulgaria hosted by Csaba Sógor in Cluj-Napoca
28.06.2015 | European Parliament

Ilhan Kyuchyuk, the Turkish MEP from Bulgaria was introduced in the situation of the Hungarian minority in Romania and was informed about the specific problems of this community faces. The liberal politician visited Cluj Napoca upon the invitation of Csaba Sógor, RMDSZ MEP, holding a presentation on the 26th of June as a part of the European Talking Nights series, organised in cooperation with the Andor Járosi Cultural Workshop.


The representative of the Bulgarian minority from Turkey hosted by Csaba Sógor in Cluj Napoca
The representative of the Bulgarian minority from Turkey hosted by Csaba Sógor in Cluj Napoca
28.06.2015 | European Parliament

Ilhan Kyuchyuk, the Turkish MEP from Bulgaria was introduced in the situation of the Hungarian minority in Romania and was informed about the specific problems of this community faces. The liberal politician visited Cluj Napoca upon the invitation of Csaba Sógor, RMDSZ MEP, holding a presentation on the 26th of June as a part of the European Talking Nights series, organised in cooperation with the Andor Járosi Cultural Workshop.


Csaba Sogor in the EP: We are waiting for a coherent position from the EU institutions in the case of the restitution process
Csaba Sogor in the EP: We are waiting for a coherent position from the EU institutions in the case of the restitution process

The EU institutions are unable to formulate a coherent position and commitments related to the case of the restitution process in Romania, meanwhile the budgetary committee of the US Congress is already making the preparations for a report in the matter, pointed out MEP Csaba Sógor in the European Parliament. The RMDSZ politician was talking about the topic of restitution in his one-minute speech at the mini-plenary meeting held on the 24th June in Brussels.


Csaba Sógor: The abuses of the Romanian institutions in the fight against corruption cannot be left unmentioned
Csaba Sógor: The abuses of the Romanian institutions in the fight against corruption cannot be left unmentioned

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.