(MTI) – A recent decision by Romania’s Covasna (Kovaszna) county to join the Szekler National Council (SZNT) in its suit against the European Commission is “positive feedback”, David Sobor, the attorney representing SZNT, told MTI last week.
The Covasna decision indicates that municipalities in the county have realised the importance of SZNT’s initiative aimed at achieving increased European focus to ethnic, cultural, religious, or lingustic minorities, the attorney said.
SZNT head Balazs Izsak and Attila Dabis, the council’s secretary for foreign affairs, filed the suit last August after the EC had turned down SZNT’s appeal for registration of the civil initiative under which SZNT could have launched a signature drive. Under European rules, one million signatures in support of an initiative are required for the European Parliament to pass relevant legislation.
Sobor said that similarly to Szekler Land in Romania several other European regions are characterised by ethnic, cultural, religious, or linguistic features, and said that other parties may also indicate their wish to get involved in the procedure supporting one or the other side.
Earlier, Slovakia, Greece, and Romania applied to join the EC in the case while Hungary supported SZNT.
The interest expressed by those countries in the case also proves that the issue is an all-European one, to be discussed at European forums, Sobor said.