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RMDSZ pushes Transylvanian agenda at EPP congress

The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) is trying its best to forward the issues of the Hungarian minority in Romania at the European People’s Party’s (EPP) electoral congress in Zagreb, Croatia.

The European People’s Party has adopted a resolution on demographic challenges and support for rural life. This is an extremely important topic for the Hungarians in Transylvania, therefore, at the suggestion of the RMDSZ, we included in the resolution that the European People’s Party gives special support to the strengthening and utilization of linguistic and cultural heritage in the countryside,” MEP Loránt Vincze said in a short video posted on Facebook.

Hargita/Harghita County Council President Csaba Borboly also attended a section meeting of the Committee of Regions (CoR), where he pointed out that Romania does not do enough to help regional youth, create jobs, support entrepreneurs, and offer new opportunities.

In addition, Sepsiszentgyörgy Mayor Árpád Antal stated that at this congress RMDSZ must persuade the EPP not to accept the reduction of cohesion funds in the European Union’s next seven-year budget, as Central and Eastern Europe would lose a lot by that.

MEP Gyula Winkler, attending the SME Europe panel, also said that supporting the digitalization of small- and medium-size enterprises was a good initiative that much must be converted into action plans as soon as possible.

The EPP is holding its electoral congress in Zagreb this Wednesday and Thursday. Donald Tusk, the current President of the European Council, is the only candidate for the presidency, and there are twelve candidates from as many countries for the ten vice-presidential positions.

There is only a single candidate again for the position of treasurer, German Christian Schmidt, 62, of the Christian Social Union (CSU). Schmidt previously held two ministerial positions in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governments from 2013 to 2018 and has been a member of parliament since 1990.

Participants at the congress include some of Europe’s top politicians, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, departing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and his successor, Ursula von der Leyen.

Title image: MEP Loránt Vincze

Author: Dénes Albert