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December 7, 2022

UDMR’s Kelemen: A chapter devoted to national minorities should be included in next government programme

The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) believes the government programme of the Ciolos Cabinet should include a chapter devoted to the national minorities and the law on the use of mother tongue should be enforced and Hungarian specialists should be kept in offices at autonomous local administration services, UDMR says in a press statement released on Thursday.

UDMR national leader Kelemen Hunor is quoted as having told Prime Minister-designate Dacian Ciolos on Wednesday that the new government should also consider the grievances of the Hungarian community of Romania.

“A chapter devoted to the minorities should be included in the government programme. At the same time, the possibility of enforcing the law concerning the use of mother tongue should also be considered. The Hungarian community has to be rewarded by trust in exchange for its support to the government, which has lately been lost including because of nationalist rhetoric of late,” Kelemen told Ciolos.

In Kelemen’s opinion, the start should be the enforcement of law because from the Education Law to the legal provisions concerning bilingualism all the relevant provisions have been violated many times but never was there any consequence for the violations.

At his meeting with Ciolos, Kelemen also said that the priority objective to the Hungarian community is education, warning that the Hungarian specialists working for autonomous public administration services in various counties have not followed party lines, but they have shown by their work they are carrying out their professional duties in the most efficient way, mentioning that UDMR wants them kept in office.

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