Romania is a multinational country, but the Hungarian diaspora is especially strong here. Since May 2016, Laurent Vince of the Democratic Union of Hungarians of Romania heads the Federalist Union of European National Minorities. Therefore, it is not by chance that the current FUEN Congress took place in the “Hungarian” city of Romania - Cluj-Napoca (in Hungarian the name of the city sounds like Kolozsvár, in German Klausenburg) located in Transylvania. A large number of Romanian Hungarians live in the city, since it was part of Austria-Hungary, then it was part of Hungary: in 1941, the share of Hungarians in the city was almost 90%. The city finally became Romanian after 1945. The International Union of German Culture took an active part in the historic meeting.
“We are addressing European minority groups, European institutions and states, governments and parliaments: join the Minority SafePack Initiative! We need partners to convince citizens of Europe and the European Union that cultural and linguistic diversity is not only a beautiful slogan: political actions and mechanisms that allow this diversity to be preserved should be behind it, ”said Lorant Vince at the opening of FYENM congress.
The Minority SafePack Initiative is a package offered by FUEN, and aimed at protecting the interests of European national minorities at the European Union level, since FUEN considers minority issues international, that is, respect for these interests is a prerogative of not only individual states, but also the entire European Union.
To consider this initiative by Brussels no later than next year, it is necessary to collect one million signatures. The congress in Cluj-Napoca launched the worldwide subscription campaign.
Why is the petition signed around the world if the question concerns only European minorities? It's about motivation and solidarity. “When this initiative was developed, other countries outside the European Union said: we don’t want to stay aside, because this idea contributes to the development of civil society, which is very important for us,” explained the Vice-President of FESEN, First Deputy Chairman of MSNK Olga Martens. “In addition, we want to support the initiative of the EU members, thereby expressing our active citizenship,” added Olga Martens. Thus, non-EU countries can at least symbolically cast their vote.
Meanwhile, in the cozy four-star Grand Hotel it was also decided that the new working group of the Union, which will include representatives from different countries, would be responsible for the preservation of minority languages. In addition, FUEN send its representative to the Baltic States where there is a large Russian-speaking minority.
But now the main task is to collect signatures, otherwise next year there will be nothing to discuss at the congress of the Federalist Union of European National Minorities in the Dutch Leeuwarden.
By the way, at the congress they determined the organizer of the next Europaad - the European Football Championship among the teams of national minorities. In 2020, the Carinthian Slovenes, who live in Austria, will take on footballers.