Budapest, November 28 (MTI) – The appointment of a new president in Romania, Klaus Iohannis, creates a new opportunity for ties “which have stagnated for almost three years” to be set on a new path, Zsolt Nemeth, chairman of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, said today.
Speaking in Parliament after meeting Balazs Izsak, chairman of the Szekler National Council, Nemeth said renewed relations between the two countries was also in the interest of Transylvanian Hungarians.
Izsak said his organisation struggled for the autonomy of Szeklerland using democratic means, and Hungary’s support was exceptionally important. Recently it launched a European civil initiative with a view to getting European cohesion support for cultural regions. He noted that the European Commission had regrettably rejected the initiative, following which the Council launched a lawsuit at the European Court of Justice. The Hungarian government intervened on the side of the Council while Romania, Slovakia and Greece intervened on the side of the commission, he added.
The issue at stake, said Nemeth, is whether Europe becomes a Europe of regions or “a Europe characterised by Brussels bureaucracy and the centralisation of national-state nationalisms.” Hungary wants a Europe of regions, and it will act both in the EU and the Council of Europe in support of this idea.