Hungarians living outside the borders are still being discriminated in the countries that attack the Hungarian Constitution
The new Hungarian Constitution was the subject of debate at the Wednesday, June the 8th meeting of the plenary session of the European Parliament. The issue was put on the agenda due to the pressure of the liberal, socialist, green and communist political groups and Commissioner Viviane Reding also attended the debate.
Abolition of internal border controls is a great achievement of the European integration
One of the key issues of the plenary session of the European Parliament in June consisted of the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the Shengen Area. The Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) Committee of the EP supported the issue through its opinion on the subject, but rapporteur of the subject Carlo Coelho (EPP, Portugal) analyzed the preparations made by the two member states and emphasized that the EP still requires confirmation about the additional measures in regard to the implementation.
Csaba Sógor spoke of the manifestations against Hungarians in Romania on the plenary session of the EP
DAHR’s MEP Csaba Sógor raised his voice against recent manifestations against Hungarians in Romania during the one-minute speeches at the first day of the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Family weekend in Satu Mare
Yesterday we commemorated the fact that a while ago Hungarian families and communities were torn apart and the Hungarian nation’s economic, cultural and political strength was curbed for decades, so it is good to see that we are many here today – said DAHR’s MEP Csaba Sógor at the fifth edition of the Family Weekend.
Europe needs to pay more attention to minority rights
DAHR’s MEP Csaba Sógor presented the situation of minorities in Romania at the Congress of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) in Eisenstadt, Austria. At the event, the MEP presented a country report, portraying the milestones of the minority rights movement in Romania.
Opening of Szeklerland’s Representative Office in Brussels
Due to the high level of interest for the event, the opening ceremonies of Szeklerland’s Representative Office in Brussels took place on two different venues and days. On the 31st of May László Tőkés, the Vice-President of the EP and MEPs Gyula Winkler and Csaba Sógor hosted a reception in the European Parliament, while the actual opening of the office took place on the 1st of June at the Representation of the Regions of Hungary in Brussels.
The common Szeklerland Office represents Harghita, Covasna and Mures counties’ solidarity -Declaration
Established by the County Councils of Harghita, Covasna and Mures counties, the joint Representative Office of Szeklerland will open on the 1st of June. Thus Szeklerland joins the long list of regions, counties and cities that have their own representative office in the capital of Europe. Earlier on, amongst others, the National Council of County Councils in Romania and the County Councils of Timis and Cluj had also opened offices in Brussels.
The lime from Leliceni won the European Tree of the Year Award
The award for European Tree of the Year was handed out in a ceremony held at the central office of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Brussels on the 25th of May 2011 with the attendance of MEP Csaba Sógor. (www.treeoftheyear.org). The aim of the contest was to find the most beautiful trees in Europe and emphasize the importance of local communities’ heritage. The main criteria were the history of the tree.
A new Csángó Action Plan is being prepared
Sógor: we ought to continue doing everything in our power to preserve the identity of the Csángó Hungarian minority as long as there is even one person who declares himself Csángó Hungarian.
375th anniversary of the Old Gradual
The Protestant Theological Institute of Cluj Napoca organized a conference entitled European Cultural Treasure and Native Tongue Liturgy between the 8th and the 10th of April, 2011 on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of the publication of the Old Gradual.