It would disadvantage the competitiveness of European companies if the bill proposed by the European Commission on the posting of workers is adopted – argue some members of the European Parliament. The proposal would modify the directive in force since 1996. In the opinion of MEP Csaba Sógor the Equal work for equal pay principle proposed by the Commission would adversely affect not only entrepreneurs who have activities abroad but also Europe's competitiveness in general. This is the reason for which the proposal divides MEPs.
Freedom of speech is one of the fundamental values of democracy; therefore there cannot be taboo or uncomfortable subjects in the European Parliament that we are forbidden to speak of – stated Csaba Sógor in response to last week's incidents late at night on March 7th during the Strasbourg plenary session.
A vehement protest action preceded a conference hosted in the European Parliament’s building in Brussels by RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor on the Turkish minority in Greece. Right before the start of the conference entitled Freedom of association in Greece - a loophole in European minority rights standards MEPs of the Greek far-right tried to disrupt the conference by using violent language and claiming that there is no Turkish minority in Greece - a fact, which according to Csaba Sógor only demonstrates how real the problems of ethnic minorities are in Greece.
Swept under the carpet – Minority rights in Central and Eastern Europe after the EU accession – This was the title of a round table discussion held on February 24th in the European Parliament to commemorate International Mother Tongue Day and organised by Csaba Sógor RMDSZ MEP in the European Parliament on 24 February. Host of the event opened the discussion saying: "Those who want to exercise their rights to use their mother tongue are exposed to the persecution of the authorities on a daily basis in Romania. The state does not guarantee conditions for the application of the law, and yet Romania considers it has solved the national minority issues in an exemplary manner."
According to Csaba Sógor candidate countries should fulfil the commitments before becoming member states. Romania is yet to adopt the minority protection law approved by the government in 2005, before the EU accession – pointed out Csaba Sógor during the Wednesday afternoon plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
The Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Kosovo is to come into force, after the European Parliament voted on the proposal on the 21st of January. In the opinion of RMDSZ MEP Csaba Sógor the agreement deals with minority protection issues only in general terms, which is not enough as experience shows.
The Dutch EU Presidency plays a crucial role in the harmonization of national positions of Member States (MS) on the matter of the refugees; the primary aim is to safeguard the Schengen area, claimed Iuliu Winkler in his written declaration which he addressed to the European Parliament´s plenary during the debates this Wednesday targeting the Dutch Presidency´s priorities for the upcoming six months.
Members of the European Parliament call for an increase in women's entrepreneurial activity. In 2012 only 31 percent of entrepreneurs within the European Union are women – states the EP in its report adopted in Strasbourg, on January 19th.
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.
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.
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).
Members of the European Parliament proposed the establishment of a monitoring mechanism that would make Member States meet the Copenhagen criteria even after they have joined the EU, promoting the respect of the core values of the European Union.
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.
The tension around the Ukrainian situation and the issue of refugees in Europe cast a shadow on the situation of autochthonous national minorities. As a result of recent events, the fear from minorities has intensified in Europe – said Csaba Sógor on Friday in Miercurea Ciuc.
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.
An informational forum was organised on Thursday, the 9th of April, on rural development with European funds in Satu-Mare. The participants discussed the upcoming calls for projects available for local administrations from the Agriculture and Rural Development Fund. The event was organised by MEP Csaba Sógor and the Satu-Mare County organisation of the RMDSZ in partnership with RegioConsult Investment and Management Advisory Company.
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.
The Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) is launching a roadmap for protecting linguistic diversity. Through a number of strategic recommendations, it presents a well structured plan which would ensure that the languages of Europe are able to survive and prosper. The draft document was presented on Thursday, February 5th at the European Parliament in Brussels.
The European Parliament expressed its concern Thursday, 13 November in relation to the recent developments of the peace process in Northern Ireland. The resolution adopted on the 13th of November by the members of the EP calls for improving inter-community relations and continuing the peace process.
Csaba Sógor stood up for the enforcement of the European visa policy principles in the European Parliament. The RMDSZ MEP stated that the EU is not yet able to enforce existing visa policy principles included in the regulations in force since January 2014, as the Romanian, Polish, Croatian and Cypriot citizens still need to apply for a visa when travelling to the United States of America, Canada or Australia.