The Chamber of Deputies, which is the lower house of the Romanian parliament, accepted yesterday a bill that made June 4, the anniversary of the Peace Treaty of Trianon, a national holiday in Romania. The treaty separated 2/3rd of the former Hungarian territories and made more than 3 million Hungarians into citizens of hostile neighbouring countries. Their language, education and cultural rights are still not respected, and their economic development is hindered by all means possible.
According to maszol.ro, the law encourages everybody to hold commemorations and all local and state authorities have to help the organisers with financial and logistical support in doing so. Furthermore, public media has to report about such cultural, educational and academic events and
the flag of Romania has to be put out everywhere in the country.
In the case of the bill, it was the Chamber of Deputies that made the decision (not the Senate yet). Only the 21 Hungarian members of the parliament (from UDMR-RMDSZ) voted against it while there were 25 abstentions from the USR – Save Romania Union. Thus, it requires only the signature of the president. The two managers of the bill were Titus Corlățean, former minister for foreign affairs (currently Social Democratic senator) and Șerban Nicolae, the leader of the Social Democrat parliamentary group in the Senate.
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Mr Corlățean said that their bill is not against any of the minorities. However, the treaty meant the international acceptance of the new borders of Greater-Romania, so it is worth to celebrate. Daniel Gheorghe from the national liberal party (PNL) said that Hungarian
PM Viktor Orbán should change maps in his office
and accept that all attempts to reestablish the ante-Trianon borders are “outdated, unfair and ridiculous.“
According to Hunor Kelemen, President of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), the law is good for nothing, and it is only part of the contest of anti-Hungarianism Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania, started three weeks ago, when he attacked the Hungarian community. He added that if a nation is strong and self-confident, it does not need to create situations in which minorities have to feel humiliated.
He cleared that what happened almost 100 years ago is a huge delight for the Romanians but a significant loss for all Hungarians, so they cannot celebrate it like them, no matter what laws they make. Mr Kelemen highlighted that
Hungarians living everywhere in the world are part of the Hungarian nation, but their national solidarity and feeling of responsibility are not directed against anybody.
He added that all Hungarians living in Romania accepted that Romania is their home and they want to build a future for themselves and their children there. But how they feel depends on the majority, on the Romanians.