FNRP leader: In-country minorities receive higher funding than Romanian minority outside country borders

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Executive president of the National Foundation for Romanians Abroad (FNRP) Eugen Popescu said on Wednesday, at the works of the Summer University at Izvoru Muresului, that Romania grants far higher funding to in-country minorities than for the Romanian minority living around country borders and in the Balkans, terming this situation as a “terrible and unjust” discrimination.

“The Romanian state has allocated this year 91.4 million lei for minorities, an amount by 10 million lei higher than last year, whilst according to the latest census, the size of ethnic minority communities has decreased. Of this amount, ethnic Hungarians receive 19.7 million lei, up from last year’s 18.5 million lei, whereas funding for the Civic Forum of Romanians in the Covasna, Harghita and Mures Counties, which represents the 400,000 Romanians from these three counties, is zero. The Department of Policies for Romanians Everywhere assigned for the roughly 10 million Romanians everywhere mere 8.8 million lei, less than half of the earmarks to the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania,” said Eugen Popescu.

He added that whereas foundations of ethnic Hungarians financed by the Romanian authorities, by the Hungarian state and the local authorities run in the thousands, funding received by the Romanian communities outside country borders from the states they live in is very low or even non-existent in certain cases.

Popescu considers it’s “a terrible and unfair discrimination in the way the Romanian state treats minorities and the members of the Romanian minority around county borders.”

Attending the debate on this subject, former Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu said that the gap in the financing granted by the Romanian state to in-country ethnic minorities and the Romanians who live outside country borders is “unnatural” and that these problems arise from lack of strategy.