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December 6, 2022

MAI bans access to Romania of four Hungarian nationals for one year

“Jobbik will not allow that to happen,” said MP Istvan Szavay, who is also on the Romanian
authorities’ list. The party will present its agenda in Transylvania, he continued.

Romania’s Interior Ministry (MAI) has decided to ban access to Romania of four Hungarian nationals for one year, MAI Spokesperson Monica Dajboc told in a press conference, quoted by Agerpres. According to her, the four are Tyrityan Zsolt, a member of the Outlaws’ Army; Zagyva Gyorgy Gyula, a member of the Hungarian extremist party Jobbik; Szavay Istvan (photo), also a Jobbik member and Mikolo Bela, a member of the New Hungarian Guard. The relevant authorities have called on the Bucharest Court of Appeal to declare them personae non-grata.
‘There are serious indications pointing to the four being members of organizations that are implicated in extremist nationalistic actions that are threats against law and order in Romania,’ said Dajboc. The Romanian authorities also focus on other persons that systematically conduct in Romania such actions that run contrary to the European rules and national legislation: ‘The Romanian authorities are determined to firmly apply the legislation in force in all instances in which foreign nationals, through their public statements, directly violate or instigate to the violation of the Constitution and the laws of the land’. The ban was issued under Government Emergency Ordinance 102/2005 concerning the free circulation in Romania of nationals of the EU member states, as well as under Law 512/ 1991 concerning Romania’s national security. The Decision was taken in order to prevent the occurrence of events that would seriously perturb law and order in Romania.
One day before, Prime Minister Victor Ponta reported on Romania TV private broadcasterhaving discussed with President Basescu certain Hungarian nationals being declared personae non-grata. He added that the number of persons to be forbidden access to Romania is not high and it need not be so. ‘The thing is we did not have to exaggerate our reactions or react disproportionately. Any escalation of tensions is used by extremist politicians of Hungary and some journalists that try to improve their ratings with this issue,’ Ponta explained. He added that the line followed by the Government in relation to this issue is ‘balanced and rational,’ and the measures taken are not meant to inflate ‘an artificial situation.’
The Nationalist Hungarian party Jobbik does not accept the one-year ban from Romania of several of its party members, Istvan Szavay, member of Jobbik and MTI member of the Hungarian Parliament, said as a retort to the official announcement made by Romanian authorities. He stressed that none of the statements made and measures taken by Jobbik would justify this decision, and noted this situation appears to be tied to internal politics of which Jobbik is a victim. In his opinion, Romania’s measure is not only aimed against Jobbik but its goal is to intimidate the entire Hungarian community in Transylvania.

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