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One in ten cigarettes sold illegally in the EU

Illegally smuggled cigarettes and tobacco products cost the member states of the European Union an estimated ten billion Euros per year in lost revenues. In addition to the economic losses, smuggling also undermines public health policies and violates the EU regulations on tobacco manufacturing, distribution and sale - said MEP Csaba Sógor.


Csaba Sógor: The EU should abolish area based restrictions for broadcasting services

Limiting broadcasts to country boarders is very outdated – stated Csaba Sógor in the European Parliament on Wednesday, during the debate on the digital single market strategy. According to the RMDSZ MEP, despite the business interests, in today's world of possibilities offered by new  technologies it is unacceptable that some citizens can’t view sporting events in the language of their choice, even if they have a subscription for the broadcast provider.


Csaba Sógor on collective stigmatization outside and within EU Member States

A state regarding its own indigenous national minorities as foreign bodies can lead to social tensions – stated Csaba Sógor in Strasbourg during the debate on the situation of Tatars in the Crimean Peninsula. The DAHR MEP also pointed out that, unfortunately, collective stigmatisation of communities occurs even within the European Union.


Csaba Sógor: A state’s minority policy is exemplary only if the minorities in question see it as such

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages should take into consideration the views of the minority organisations of member states to the largest extent possible. According to Csaba Sógor, this is the only way the Charter can be successfully implemented, and the only way the Committee can give a true assessment of the practical application of minority language rights in a given country. 


Csaba Sógor: Still more to be done in Europe to reduce income inequalities

In the country where I come from 70 percent of employees are making less than net € 380 per month. What is a middle-class lifestyle in Western Europe is a privilege of the rich in the East – pointed out Csaba Sógor in the European Parliament.


MPEs stress the need to reduce the gap between citizens and the European Union

Improving citizen’s knowledge on the European Union and strengthening their belief in the advantages and necessity of the European integration while the Union is facing economic and social challenges is more important than ever in the opinion of MEPs. 


Csaba Sógor: Discrimination against Roma and other minorities in Romania

The anti-Roma manifestations that took place on International Romani day in Romania are not worthy of a European Union Member State, and we cannot allow for these acts of open discrimination to become socially acceptable.


The social phenomenon of drug abuse gets little attention in Harghita County

Drug abuse, just like alcoholism is social problem that is treated as a taboo in Hargita County. Even though the phenomenon is not a pervasive social problem in the region, it no doubt has an increasing tendency, concluded the specialists during a discussion organised on the 30th of March at the County Council. The discussion was preceded by an exhibition on the subject, which can be currently visited in Csíkszereda/Miercurea Ciuc. The exhibition was organised by the Áradat Association and sponsored by EPP MEP Csaba Sógor. 


Migration: opportunity or threat?

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 30th organised by the Consulate General of Hungary in Romania and Németh Géza Association.


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.