Romanian PM mentions minority rights at anniversary

6 months ago

Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă said minority rights are being fully respected in the country. She was speaking during the festive session of Parliament, celebrating 100 years since Romanian unification. She also quoted a point from the Gyulafehérvár/Alba Iulia Resolution which enshrined the rights of ethnic minorities at the 1918 Romanian popular assembly proclaiming the unification of Romania with Transylvania and three other Western territories of the then Hungarian Kingdom.

“In the name of the government led by me I guarantee every citizen of different ethnicity that they will continue to receive all the rights and respect, regardless of of the provocative statements some foreign dignitaries sometimes make against Romania”, Dăncilă said.

She also quoted point III/1 of the resolution, which says “Every nation has the right to tuition and governance in its own language, by representatives chosen from its own. Every nation shall be represented in legislative bodies and governing organs in accordance with its individuals’ proportion.”


The Gyulafehérvár Resolution


On behalf of the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania senator Csaba Zoltán Novák said the country model laid down in the resolution has not come true over the past century, there is still no full equality among ethnicities in Romania and the Hungarians in Romania cannot have the same view as the Romanian majority, because what was a fulfillment of their national aspirations for the Romanians lives as as loss in the memories of Hungarians.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis – himself an ethnic German and the first Romanian president to hail from a minority – said that the government was steering away the country from the European spirituality laid down in the resolution.