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Problems of ethnic Romanians in debate at Izvoru Muresului Summer University

Representatives of Romanian communities abroad, MPs from Romania and Moldova, as well as lecturers from major Romanian and international academic centers will take part in the 13th edition of the Summer University of Izvorul Muresului, between 10-16 August.

The president of the National Foundation for Romanians Abroad (FNRP) Eugen Popescu, co-organiser of the event, told Agerpres  that the participants in this event want the politicians and the state institutions to find solutions to the problems that raised at each edition of the Summer University of Izvoru Muresului.

“We are attending a 13th edition where we keep on raising such issues – which, for now, the Romanian state’s bodies, the politicians have not managed to resolve; the way in which Romania could talk, negotiate with the states where these communities live, so that these matters would be worked out just like Romania has managed to solve the problem of the ethnic minorities on its territory. We believe that we’ll have a proper answer to these issues. Because, otherwise, politicians come, make promises and leave, and we remain with their promises and at the next edition, we’ll approach the same matters,” said Popescu.

He pointed out that the only good thing that happened in the past years is the regaining of the Romanian citizenship by the Romanians of Basarabia (a historic province of Romania, now split between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – editor’s note), but it is very important that the Romanian ethnics around Romania’s borders and from the Balkans obtain the Romanian citizenship; a draft law in this respect is to be debated soon in the Parliament. Furthermore, there is no progress on the issues of the Romanian communities of Serbia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Albania or Greece, and these is the reason why the Summer University’s agenda hasn’t changed much.

The FNRP president highlighted that the message of the Romanians abroad and from Harghita and Covasna counties (where there are regions with ethnic Hungarian local majority – editor’s note) says they too are part of the Romanian nation’s body and they wish to be treated as such.

The Summer University of Izvorul Muresului will be attended by former president Traian Basescu; the leader of the Romanian Social Party (PSR) Mircea Geoana; the president of the People’s Movement Foundation (FMP) Cristian Diaconescu; representatives of the Parliament’s committees in charge with the problems of the Romanians abroad; ministers, analysts, journalists, and students. Leaders of the Romanian communities from around the borders and from the Balkans, from the Diaspora, also from Harghita, Covasna and Mures counties, as well as lecturers from the main university centres of Romania and from abroad, will be present, too.

The event is organized with the support of the Toplita Cultural Centre, in partnership with the National Foundation for Romanians Abroad, the European Centre for Studies Covasna-Harghita, with support from the Foreign Ministry’s Department of Policies for Liaison with Romanians Worldwide, of the ICR and of the the Orthodox Diocese of Covasna and Harghita.

According to the organizers, the Summer University of Izvorul Muresului started off over a decade ago as a local initiative of the local community, as a means to raise the public awareness on the danger of denationalization among Romanians.

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