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According to Csaba Sógor we are facing humanitarian, legal and political crises in Europe
According to Csaba Sógor we are facing humanitarian, legal and political crises in Europe

Humanitarian, legal and political crises accompany the refugee crisis in the European Union. It could take a while for Member States to coordinate these three factors - stated Csaba Sógor during a lecture held in Csíkszereda/Miercurea Ciuc on March 30thorganised by theConsulate General of Hungary in Romania and Németh Géza Association.

 


An epidemic of linguistic discrimination in Europe
An epidemic of linguistic discrimination in Europe

Linguistic discrimination is a form of racism that is spreading like an epidemic in Europe – pointed out Secretary General of the European Language Equality Network, David Hicks during the 17 March meeting of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE).  During the debate on minority language rights infringements MEP Csaba Sógor also commented on the topic, stating that a large part of language rights mostly exist only on paper in Romania. 


Eastern European workers targeted with the introduction of equal pay?
Eastern European workers targeted with the introduction of equal pay?

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.


Csaba Sógor: Some Member States in breach of the Treaty on the European Union
Csaba Sógor: Some Member States in breach of the Treaty on the European Union

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.


Non-existent Turkish minority in Greece?
Non-existent Turkish minority in Greece?

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.


Csaba Sógor: the EU should enforce its Member States’ minority protection commitments
Csaba Sógor: the EU should enforce its Member States’ minority protection commitments

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." 


Nine years after the EU accession there is still no minority protection framework in Romania
Nine years after the EU accession there is still no minority protection framework in Romania

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 Dutch EU Presidency needs to display more ambition in tackling the migrant crisis
The Dutch EU Presidency needs to display more ambition in tackling the migrant crisis
21.01.2016 | European Union

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.

 


Kosovo is one step closer to EU accession
Kosovo is one step closer to EU accession

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 EP calls for the promotion of women entrepreneurs in EU Member States
The EP calls for the promotion of women entrepreneurs in EU Member States

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.

 

 


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).


Csaba Sógor: The Commission should establish a European minority protection monitoring mechanism
Csaba Sógor: The Commission should establish a European minority protection monitoring mechanism

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.


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. 


Csaba Sógor: the fear from minorities intensified in Europe
Csaba Sógor: the fear from minorities intensified in Europe

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.


The European parliament commemorated the Armenian genocide
The European parliament commemorated the Armenian genocide

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. 


Csaba Sógor: The development of the Hungarian communities in Romania is our common mission
Csaba Sógor: The development of the Hungarian communities in Romania is our common mission
09.04.2015 | European Union , Satu Mare

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.


An increasing number of MEPs recognize the
An increasing number of MEPs recognize the "Copenhagen dilemma" in the EU

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.

 


European Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity
European Roadmap for Linguistic Diversity
05.02.2015 | European Union , mother tongue

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.