European Citizen Award for the protector of natural and cultural values of Transylvania
This year, two persons were given the European Citizens Award in Romania, Professor Dr. Iordan Gheorghe Bărbulescu and Dr. Barbara Helen Knowles, a British research biologist, protector of natural and cultural values of Transylvania, and in particular the region of Szeklerland. The awards were handed over on the 23rd of September at the European Parliament’s Information Office in Bucharest.
Report on the effectiveness of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund adopted by the European Parliament
The European Parliament has just adopted MEP Marian Harkin’s comprehensive report on the functioning of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF), the fund which provided the financial support for the employees made redundant following the closure of two large plants in Transylvania: Nokia in Jucu and Mechel in Câmpia Turzii. As shadow rapporteur on behalf of the European People's Party, MEP Csaba Sógor also contributed to the document adopted on 15 September in Strasbourg.
The EP to speed up the return of rejected asylum seekers
Within the plenary session in September, the European Parliament voted in favour of the creation of a new EU travel document, which can speed up the process of returning non-EU nationals who stay irregularly in EU member states without valid passports or identity cards.
Social dumping or veiled protectionism?
Eastern and Central European companies may be forced out of the western market should their competitive advantage related to cheaper labour cease. In the opinion of MEP Csaba Sógor, Romanian companies that conduct business abroad could be adversely impacted by recent efforts to level services prices, which are becoming increasingly visible within the European Union and in some Member States.
The prestigious Vox Humana Chamber Choir in Brussels
The prestigious Hungarian chamber choir from Transylvania, Vox Humana performed in Brussels upon the invitation of MEP Csaba Sógor. On Sunday, September 11th, the ensemble from Sepsiszentgyörgy/Sfântu Gheorghe sang works by important Hungarian composers at the Hungarian Catholic Mission in the capital of Belgium.
History carved in sandstones: preservation of old tombstones in Havadtő
Young Belgian Scouts helped with the preservation work of the tombstones at the cemetery in Havadtő / Viforoasa. Over four hundred sandstone memorials reminisce centuries past in the small town of Maros / Mureș county, in the region's most valuable old cemetery, for the preservation of which the Pro Havadtő Association has worked to raise public awareness in the past few years.
Transylvanian wines and beer in Europe
European policy makers participated at a Transylvanian wine and beer tasting in Strasbourg at the event organised by the European Parliamentary Association (EPA) following this week’s plenary session of the European Parliament.
A strengthened relationship between China and the European Union
Our Chinese friends must understand that the European Union can only strengthen the bond with regions where freedom of speech is an unquestionable value – stated Csaba Sógor in Strasbourg on Wednesday during the European Parliament’s plenary session, where MEPs debated the new EU strategy regarding China. The RMDSZ MEP expressed his hope that the European Commission also envisions implementing the new strategy based on the same ideological grounds.
Sógor: European Union reports on fundamental rights should focus more on national minorities
Reports of the European Union focus more on the recently arrived migrant communities than on the autochthonous national minorities of Europe – stated Csaba Sógor during the hearing of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) on the situation of fundamental rights in the European Union in 2015. During the public hearing organised on June 16th in the European Parliament, several documents were under discussion: the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights’s (FRA) 2016 report and the European Commission’s 2015 report on the application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.
European wholesalers abuse their dominant market positions
The European Parliament aims to discourage unfair trading practices, affecting micro-, small and medium sized enterprises on the European market. SMEs, which make up over 90 percent of the EU’s economic structure, should benefit from a better protection in the food supply chain - concluded the MEPs during the June 6th-9th June Strasbourg plenary session the European Parliament.