Politicians are obliged to maintain good neighbourly relations and help their ethnic minorities abroad, house speaker László Kövér said after meeting Croatian counterpart Gordan Jandrokovic in Osijek (Eszék), in NE Croatia, on Wednesday.
The house speakers laid the cornerstone of a students’ hostel for the Hungarian educational and cultural centre of Croatia. Kövér said
the southern Hungarian city of Pécs and Osijek were home to some of the most important educational facilities of local ethnic minorities.
Jandrokovic said minority protection are exemplary in both Croatia and Hungary and ethnic Croatians in Hungary are satisfied with the conditions provided by Hungary.
The Hungarian educational and cultural centre of Croatia was opened in September 1999 but has not had a hostel so far.
The Croatian government supports the construction of the new building with 8.5 million kunas.
Kövér also attended an event marking the 25th anniversary of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Croatia (HMDK) in Beli Manastir (Pélmonostor). He said national minorities must learn how to preserve their dedication to the mother tongue and native culture, and at the same time be a loyal part of the state that is their homeland.
As we wrote on 3rd fo October, Hungary and Croatia will turn to the European Commission on the matter of fixing tariffs for the delivery of gas from the LNG terminal under construction on the Croatian island of Krk to Hungary, read more HERE.