Kelemen Hunor: Grace period for a Romanian Gov’t is six months. Opposition unravels: PNL is anti-Hungarian, no new things can be said about PMP, and in what concerns the USR “we can infer the ideology they represent”

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Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) President Kelemen Hunor stated on Friday that it seems the grace period for a Romanian Government is six months, hence there is no project based on which the country can be guided. Referring to the Opposition, he said it “unravelled” and it cannot propose to the Hungarian community anything but to vote against the Government’s proposals. In his opinion, the National Liberal Party (PNL) has become an ultra-nationalist and anti-Hungarian party, and no new things can be said about the Popular Movement Party (PMP). In what concerns the Save Romania Union (USR), he said “we can infer the ideology they represent.”

According to an UDMR communique, while present at the Forum of Hungarian Representatives from the Carpathian Basin, Kelemen Hunor stated that it seems the grace period of a Romanian Government is six months now and, in this sense, it is almost impossible for a consistent policy to take shape.

“There is no eloquent objective and no project based on which the country could be guided,” the UDMR President pointed out, referring to the current political situation in Romania.

Kelemen Hunor claimed that the Opposition has unravelled and that the National Liberal Party (PNL), the biggest Opposition party, has turned into an ultra-nationalist and anti-Hungarian party. He also claimed that no new things can be said about the Popular Movement Party (PMP) and that in what concerns the USR “we can infer the ideology that they represent.”

“Today’s Opposition cannot propose to the Hungarian community anything but not voting for the Government’s proposals,” UDMR President Kelemen Hunor said, according to news.ro.

“Today, Romania faces interesting moments, and UDMR considers this a challenge,” the UDMR President also said, adding that in 2017 the Union relied on an initiative for dialogue, and is trying to act in the same manner in 2018.

 

Law on the Roman-Catholic High School in Targu Mures, concrete result of the parliamentary cooperation agreement. PNL and PMP challenge the law at the CCR, showing they are using every opportunity to block Romanian-Hungarian dialogue

 

UDMR President Kelemen Hunor added that Parliament adopting the law on the Roman-Catholic High School in Targu Mures is the concrete result of the parliamentary cooperation agreement, and he accused the PNL and PMP of challenging the law at the CCR, his conclusion being that the two political parties are using every opportunity to block Romanian-Hungarian dialogue.

“The National Liberal Party (PNL) and the Popular Movement Party (PMP), which, just like UDMR, are part of the same parliamentary group at European level – the European People’s Party (EPP) –, want to challenge at the Constitutional Court the law on the setting up of a Roman-Catholic school. Today, they are the ones who are using every opportunity to block Romanian-Hungarian dialogue,” UDMR President Kelemen Hunor emphasised at the Forum of Hungarian Representatives from the Carpathian Basin (KMKF).

Following the parliamentary cooperation agreement signed last year, even though the Union was offered to join the ruling coalition, UDMR considered that the necessary conditions were not met. The agreement with PSD-ALDE was upheld in 2018 too, because UDMR does not want to isolate itself in Parliament, the UDMR leader explained.

“This is a simple collaboration, which entails that, if we agree on one or two issues, we mutually support each other in adopting them,” the UDMR leader added, pointing out that the agreement’s balance sheet is mixed.

“Last year and this year we managed to make progress especially in what concerns educational problems: the financing, with state budget funds, of the Protestant Theological Institute, the setting up of the Hungarian Pedagogical Centre in Oradea, and the setting up by law of the Roman-Catholic High School in Targu Mures – these are the only concrete results of the cooperation,” he emphasised.

“We launched the programme titled ‘One thousand years in Transylvania, one hundred years in Romania.’ We want to prove we are a community that generates values enriching not only the Hungarian culture in the Carpathian Basin but also the country we are living in. We initiate dialogue not just with Romanian parties, but also with Romanian society. There is positive feedback on the part of Romanian opinionmakers, even though we are far from the veritable overcoming of barriers,” the UDMR President emphasised.

The Hungarian community in the Carpathian Basin gained the most from the success of the Minority SafePack European citizens’ initiative. There is the need for solidarity, because in early April one could not say that this initiative belongs to the past, UDMR President Kelemen Hunor emphasised.

Referring to the programme on the economic development of Transylvania, the UDMR leader pointed out that UDMR is ready to extend it to the Szekely Land and the Parthium region too. This contributes to the perpetuation and prosperity of the Hungarian community on its native land and boosts the Romanian economy too.