The Senate, as the deciding body, approved on Wednesday with 71 pros, 20 cons and one abstention, the draft law submitted by the Democrat Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) on setting up the Roman Catholic Theological High School in Targu Mures, with teaching exclusively in Hungarian.
The draft law was approved by the Deputies’ Chamber at the end of December, with 18 pros and one abstention, in the Education Committee of the Chamber, and People’s Movement Party (PMP) and National Liberal Party (PNL) left the room. The initiative was supported also by the MPs of the Save Romanian Union who explained that beyond the “political swap”, the children’s right to education is involved.
The leader of the USR senators Vlad Alexandrescu stated that his party voted for setting up the High School, considering “the child’s superior right to education, to strengthen his identity and to religious freedom”.
“The USR group has voted today in favor of setting up the Roman Catholic High School in Targu Mures. We mainly considered the child’s superior right to education, to strengthen his identity and to religious freedom. I remind you that Targu Mures is one of the regions where ethnic tensions have occurred in the past, and I remember now with sadness the events in 1990, and we believe that only by dialogue, tolerance and respect of the right to education, identity, culture, these tensions can be settled. USR’s vote doesn’t have anything to do with any political negotiation between parties and relies on the platform of the social policies, of the protection of human rights which USR has protected and will always protect” Vlad Alexandrescu stated according to news.ro.
Also, the leader of the PMP senators Dorin Badulescu stated that they voted against setting up the High School, because the Romanian legislation was violated. He said that PMP’s vote relied on the current legislation, “in order to provide equality for all the citizens”, and not “to create more benefits to one ethnicity or another than they need”.
“The vote expressed by us doesn’t have anything to do with a segregation matter or other similar ides. We support the development of the communities regardless of their nationality, but from this point to setting up a (educational – e.n.) unit, disregarding the Romanian legislation, is much too much. Our motivation relies on the current legislation, in order to provide equality for all the Romanian citizens, and not to create more benefits to one ethnicity or another than they need” Dorin Badulescu stated.
The leader of the UDMR senators Attila Cseke stated that “the UDMR parliamentary group didn’t want the draft setting up the High School to be submitted, but local public authorities should have done this”.
“The UDMR parliamentary group didn’t want the draft setting up the High School to be submitted. We also wanted this matter related to setting up and functioning of this High School to be solved at the level of the local public administration authority. Unfortunately, the history of the last three years shows us that this wasn’t possible, and however, the interest of the children, of the students and families and of the community they are part of is more important than the statements that can be deemed to be also political. (…) The evolution of this draft law and of the law is not hampered by this court decision. Today, the draft law fully complies with the law, with the legal framework existing in Romania, in order to set up this school” Attila Cseke stated.
“We voted for setting up a school unit, not to dismantle it. And if tomorrow, the PNL and PMP group will propose the setting up of an agricultural high school in the Nana commune, we will also vote for setting up an agricultural high school in the Nana commune (Calarasi County – e.n.) (…) I know the problem of the Tg Mures high school since 2015. (…) You brought a court decision into discussion. If there wasn’t a complicity between the former counselor of President Traian Basescu, who reached the position of a State Secretary in the Education Ministry, and nine employees of the Education Ministry, the high school was already functioning today. It’s not the Tg Mures Local County’s fault from this point of view. All the nine persons who are investigated today (…) caused tension in Tg Mures. The National Education Law of 2011 caused this useless tension. Setting up this high school wasn’t included in the PSD-ALDE governing program. The initiative belongs to the UDMR parliamentarians. The today’s vote gives a chance to the students in Tg Mures” Liviu Pop stated.
PNL Senator Cristian Chirtes stated that the high school could have been set up by the local authorities and he wonders if they didn’t do it because they were afraid to, or because they knew it’s illegal.
“You have to know that the Targu Mures Local Council’s structure is as follows: UDRM has 10 seats, PSD has 4 seats, USR has 3 seats, and PNL has 6 seats. Therefore the local council could have changed that electoral network to set up this high school at local level with an overwhelming majority. Why didn’t they want to do it? Was it because they were afraid? Because they appreciated that setting it up is illegal?” Cristian Chirtes claimed.
PNL and PMP want to challenge the Law setting up the Roman Catholic Theological High School to CCR. Eugen Tomac: A despicable agreement between PSD and UDMR
PNL Chairman Ludovic Orban stated on Wednesday that Liberals are looking for grounds regarding the unconstitutionality of the Law setting up the Roman Catholic Theological High School in Targu Mures, in order to challenge it to CCR, mentioning that adopting it was possible because UDMR is the “crutch” of the PSD-ALDE Government.
“We are checking, we are looking for grounds f unconstitutionality. We have already identified at least one ground, and if we will have enough grounds, we will challenge it (to CCR – e.n.). I regret that this draft passed also with the help of certain members of the Opposition” PNL Chair Ludovic Orban said.
Ludovic Orban stated that adopting the law setting up the Roman Catholic Theological High School in Targu Mures was possible because UDMR is “the crutch that supports the socialist-communist Government” of PSD-ALDE.
“Definitely. UDMR is stuck to Dragnea and Tariceanu like the stamp to a letter. Besides, we can see that UDMR has no connection anymore with the political family he is part of today, and it is the crutch that supports the current socialist-communist Government. I am sorry, but I believe that the Romanian citizens belonging to the Hungarian ethnicity are suffering as much as the Romania citizens because of the disasters caused by this Government in economy, in society, in public systems, and somehow I don’t think that UDMR represents properly the people who voted them and sent them into the Parliament” Orban answered when asked if the adoption of the law setting up the Roman Catholic Theological High School in Targu Mures has anything to do with the support provided by UDMR at the Dancila Government’s investiture.
PMP will challenge to CCR the Law setting up the Roman Catholic High School in Targu Mures, stated on Wednesday the Executive Chairman of the party Eugen Tomac, mentioning that the Senate’s vote is a defiance of the whole society, a “despicable political agreement between PSD and UDMR”.
“A serious thing happened today in Parliament. It is a very clear demonstration that the parliamentarians of the majority, as well as of other parties, don’t understand how important this poisoned messages that Parliament sends to the society are. The vote given today in the Senate is a defiance against the whole Romanian society, because a despicable political agreement between PSD and UDMR was actually applied, today the Parliament tried to annul by itself, by a new law, something that the court decided it is illegal, and this is part of the filthy agreement between PSD and Budapest. (…) It is a very serious thing that we condemn with all our firmness, and we will challenge it to CCR” stated the PMP Executive Chair Eugen Tomac.
Eugen Tomac said that adopting the draft law is not accidental, since it occurs only two days after the visit of the Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto to Bucharest.
“(…) it’s very serious there is no high school with teaching exclusively in Romanian in Targu Mures, but we set up the second educational unit with teaching exclusively in Hungarian, although there are enough institutions in Romania with teaching in Hungarian” Tomac said.