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 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.
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.
In Romania there are subjects that even the president refrains from discussing – pointed out Csaba Sógor during the April 27th plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The issue of traditional national minorities was on the agenda of the European People's Party (EPP) for the first time during a public hearing on the matter organised on Wednesday April 22nd in Brussels. The conclusion that may be drawn following the hearing attended by international specialists and NGO representatives is that an EPP guideline should be set in the field. The document is expected to be drafted by the group's members in the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) committee of the EP.
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.
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide the European Parliament urged Turkey and Armenia to reconcile their differences. During the Brussels mini-plenary session on the 15th of April the MEPs honoured the memory of the 1.5 million innocent Armenians who fell victims of the genocide in the Ottoman Empire, and adopted a resolution urging the two nations to truthfully reconcile.
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.
In reference to the Szekler freedom day of March the 10th banned in Târgu-Mureș Csaba Sógor called upon the European Parliament to remind Romania: restricting the right of assembly is not a tool of democratic systems.
In the opinion of Csaba Sógor it is most welcome that the Serbian government intends to find a solution for the problems of traditional national minorities
The European Parliament urges Serbia to draft an action plan for resolving the issues of national minorities in a resolution adopted on Wednesday, 11th of March, following a debate on the previous evening. Csaba Sógor commented on the subject saying that he hopes Serbia would set a good example for the member states that fail to meet the Copenhagen criteria after accession to the European Union.
The future of minority languages in Europe was on the agenda of the European Parliament on Tuesday, February 24th as Hungarian MEP from Romania Csaba Sógor, Wales MEP Jill Evans and South-Tyrolean MEP Herbert Dorfmann hosed a conference entitled Language, Identity and Power. The event organised on the International Mother Tongue Day was attended by representatives of the civil, political and professional society.
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.
Astrid Thors, High Commissioner on National Minorities at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe presented the situation of national minorities in Europe at the Strasbourg meeting of the European parliament’s Minority Workgroup on February 12th. The High Commissioner stressed the importance of a definition of national minorities and the need for peaceful diplomatic relations between states in the interest of protecting and applying minority rights.
“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.
“The European Ombudsman should engage in raising awareness about the national minority rights specified in the European agreements and treaties”- pointed out Csaba Sógor in the European Parliament. The EP reviewed the activities of the institution for the year 2013 on Thursday, January 15th.
This month's topic of the Paneuropean Working Group of the European Parliament concerned the issue of national minorities. Austrian MEP Paul Rübig, president of the working group entrusted RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor to present the situation of traditional minorities in Europe at the meeting in Strasburg on the 13th of January 2015.
Does Romania meet the criteria of rule of law, which was a precondition for joining the EU? - asked Csaba Sógor at the December plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, where he informed the MEPs about the restitution process in Romania, which was not only stopped but reversed recently.
“As a result of many years of cooperation the issue of traditional national minorities is on the EPP agenda, and it is one of the group's priorities for this mandate”- said MEP Csaba Sógor following the European Peoples' Party’s (EPP) decision to organise a public hearing on the matter in 2015. The MEP stressed, that both the RMDSZ MEPs, and other minority MEPs from Europe lobbied for several years for this issue.
The EU will not be able to meet its 75 % employment target unless enough women are encouraged to enter or remain in the workforce and the gender gap in employment is reduced – pointed out Csaba Sógor during the debate on the EU 2020 startegy at the plenary meeting of the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the 25th of November.
Between the 14th and 16th of November in Sânvăsii the European Union's immigration, family, and employment policies were debated on by young applicants, who competed for a one-month internship position in the Brussels and Strasbourg office of RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor.