Hungarian Deputy PM Semjen Zsolt, chairman of the Christian Democratic Party, at the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Congress in Zalau on Saturday, said that there should be more connection bridges between Romania and Hungary and very good relations between the two countries.
“There should be much more bridges connecting the two countries, there have truly been very, very good relations between the two countries. We have managed to unblock community funds, we have managed to absorb those funds in the trans-border areas and other areas, we have managed to cooperate and we are indeed meant to work together, to cooperate, and I want to tell you once more: our hand is extended to you. We must look a little into our soul, our conscience, I believe that Hungary has gone through very many difficulties along history. We have managed to make that step, to overcome all difficulties, all misunderstandings, for instance the one we had with Serbia. There has been a very tensed, very complicated relation, and here you see that we have managed to get to the right track the relations with Serbia, there is cultural autonomy in Serbia for Hungarians, there are economic development projects,” Semjen Zsolt said.
Hungary’s Deputy PM believes that, same as his country has managed to develop relations with other neighbouring states, it can also have a cooperation relation based on confidence with Romania.
“If we managed to do this thing with our Serbian friends, we’ll definitely be able to have the same successful results with Romania. Or how our relations with Slovakia have come back to normal after a period of long tensions, we have managed to get those relations, too, on the right track. I have the following conviction: it is clear that we must cooperate with Romania, we must normalise, redevelop these relations. We have, as I was saying, our hand extended, we have a role and you have a role. We are interested in making the relations efficient, re-thinking the relations of cooperation based on confidence between the two countries,” Semjen Zsolt underscored.
Iohannis: UDMR has been, is and will remain main pillar of democratic construction in Romania
The Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) has been, is and will definitely remain for a long time a main pillar of the democratic construction in our country, President Klaus Iohannis said, in a message sent to the UDMR’s 13th Congress on Saturday.
“Democracy isn’t a terminus point, a destination, but a path. We have walked this path together, Romanians, Hungarians, Germans, members of other national minorities, all Romania’s citizens, all willing to live in an open society, plural, tolerant and of course prosperous. UDMR has successfully represented over this years the Hungarian community, at the same time participating in the governing act together with all Romania’s important parties,” the head of state points out in the message presented in the Congress by presidential adviser Laurentiu Stefan.
Klaus Iohannis wished the participants in the Congress to manage to build the most performing and modern political organisation of Romania and relaunch, together with the other political parties, a race “on who proposes for public offices people as upright, professional and devoted to the country and their communities.”
The President highlighted in his message the “entirely special” importance that the UDMR decision has in drawing a strategic direction in the coming years.
He also hailed the “substantial” participation of the UDMR representatives in the presidential committee for the country project.
According to Iohannis, the UDMR presence in Parliament and the collaboration with the other political forces have led, since the Revolution, both to the promotion of the interests of Hungarians of Romania and to the democratic consolidation and Euro-Atlantic integration of Romania.
PM Grindeanu invites UDMR to be partner in infrastructure development programme
Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu on Saturday sent the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) representatives the invitation to be partners in the programme of infrastructure development and adopting in Parliament the draft aimed at increasing the revenues in the public area.
The Prime Minister’s message was read in the opening of the UDMR Congress taking place in Zalau by PM adviser Molnar Zsolt.
“The Government I am heading, through the governance programme, has assumed the role of developing Romania and providing all citizens a better living standard. In this sense, I invite you to be our partners in that wide programme of infrastructure development, through which we want to fund the modernisation of localities in Romania. At the same time, we have assumed a draft on increasing the revenues in the public area and I am convinced that through this demarche we’ll be able to improve the daily life of millions of families in Romania. I also plead for UDMR’s support in this respect to pass this draft in Romania’s Parliament as soon as possible.
In context, the PM said that he expects the UDMR representatives’ proposals on all levels of the public administration.
Photo by Juhos Eduárd : UDMR Chairman Kelemen Hunor addresses party’s Congress held in Zalau.