2020. 12. 17.
MEPs of the Fidesz-KDNP and Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (known by its Hungarian acronym of RMDSZ) Delegations to the European Parliament welcome the European Parliament’s resolution on the Minority SafePack based on the European Citizens’ Initiative. With today’s vote and Monday’s plenary debate, the European Parliament has given the strongest possible signal to the European Commission to initiate legislation based on the Minority SafePack proposals.
So far, a total of six European Citizens’ Initiatives have been successful, one of which is Minority SafePack. This is the first citizens’ initiative to have a plenary debate and to adopt a resolution in favor of it by the European Parliament. This has put the protection of indigenous national and linguistic minorities on the official agenda of the Union.
Minority SafePack has enjoyed widespread support in Hungary from the very beginning, as strengthening the rights of Hungarian communities across the border is in its national interest. The success of the initiative is the success of all Hungarians, as Hungarian communities gave the initial impetus and then their persistent support, thanks to which the initiative was successful throughout Europe. By collecting more than one million valid signatures, it calls on the Commission to initiate legislation in several areas of EU competence, leading to a comprehensive national framework for the protection of minorities.
Loránt Vincze, the RMDSZ MEP and President of FUEN (Federal Union of European Nationalities) who submitted the resolution, said that “This is our common success. The initiative started in Transylvania by the RMDSZ and was unanimously supported by the Hungarian Parliament at the proposal of the Hungarian nationalities. This joint action has created a comprehensive national consensus on the issue at home and in Europe.”
According to Fidesz MEP Kinga Gál, Co-Chair of the EP Minority Working Group: “Real actions are finally needed on the part of the Commission to make the protection of European indigenous minorities as equal EU citizens a reality. Otherwise, the mere survival of these communities will be seriously jeopardized.”