MEP’s affirm: the European Union needs to give account of the protection of ethnic and linguistic minoritiesMembers of the European Parliament’s Minority Intergroup drew up a manifesto that lists the necessary steps need to be taken in favor of protecting ethnic and linguistic minorities. The mandate’s last meeting took place on 28 March, Thursday in Strasbourg. Besides preparing the manifesto, the MEPs discussed the situation of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Târgu Mureș - reported Csaba Sógor.
Csaba Sógor: we must continue to contribute to a strong Hungarian representation in the Carpathian Basin“In the recent years, we kept the question of minority protection on the European agenda. Our goal hasn’t changed yet: we are continuing to fight for a common European framework for minority protection. Today, more and more people join us and call for the need to regulate minority protection at a European level, moreover, 1.3 million signatures draw the attention of the European decision-makers”- said Csaba Sógor on Sunday at the Protestant Theological Institute of Cluj Napoca/Kolozsvár.
Specific problems of national minorities must also be included in the Future of Europe dialoguesGiven the fact that this year an informal summit of Heads of State and Government of EU Member States will be held in the multi-ethnic region of Transylvania, event where EU leaders want to put their faith in a Europe with visible results for all citizens, autochthonous minorities should feel the outcome as well - said Csaba Sógor in Strasbourg.
Sogor and Winkler in Kovászna: the future of the Hungarians in Transylvania is in the European UnionThe purpose of Friday’s meeting was to shape Europe’s image in the press. Csaba Sógor and Gyula Winkler were asked about the latest important happenings in Europe and the changes the European Union has brought to the everyday lives of Hungarins in Transylvania. The RMDSZ MEPs participated in an interactive conversation in Kovászna/Covasna at the invitation of the Youth Council of Háromszék/ Trei Scaune.
Csaba Sógor in the plenary session: Hungarian students of the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Targu Mures/ Marosvásárhely are seriously discriminatedThe latest events that affect Hungarian students at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Targu Mures/ Marosvásárhely (MOGYE) are seriously discriminating and violate the principles of rule of law - said Csaba Sógor at the mini-plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels.
Csaba Sógor: We are trying to avoid the decrease of EU funds“Our communities can only develop, if we are able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the European Union. Transylvania can only be developed with efficient local governments and their persistent work” - said Csaba Sógor. The RMDSZ MEP participated in the annual report on activities of Gheorgheni/Gyergyóremete town council. The council spent more than 4 million euros of EU funds on various local developments.
Csaba Sogor: The EU should screen candidate countries about minority protectionThe European Union should not repeat the mistakes of the past in the case of countries in pre-accession phase - said Csaba Sogor in the debate about the EU’s support for candidate countries. The RMDSZ MEP named Romania as an example, who did not fulfill the promises made at the time of accession regarding minority protection: for instance, it has never adopted the Minority Protection Act, it prevents the restitution of church properties. Many minority rights recorded in law still do not apply in practice.
The European Parliament supports the decrease of economic disparities between regionsThe European Parliament wants to put greater emphasis on the eradication of regional disparities, supporting rural areas and reducing social inequalities through one of the most important funds of the EU - reported Csaba Sógor, after the European Parliament’s plenary voted on the objectives of the European Social Fund for the budget period of 2021-2027, as well as the increase of budgetary framework.
There are member states who are blocking Romania’s accession to the Schengen Area"Some member states of the EU are, without any official reasoning, blocking Romania’s and Bulgaria’s accession to the Schengen. With this, they are sending the message to the 25 million EU citizens of the two countries that they are secondary citizens, who don’t even deserve a reasonable explanation for the situation that has developed" - said MEP Csaba Sógor on Monday in the plenary of the European Parliament, where he was making a case for the two member states joining the Schengen Area.