A group of 50 parliamentarians of the National Liberal Party (PNL) and 16 parliamentarians of the People’s Movement Party (PMP) have challenged on Tuesday, to the Constitutional Court (CCR) the law setting up the Roman Catholic High School in Targu-Mures. PMP Executive Chairman Eugen Tomac stated that setting up the high school represents “Hungary’s ambitions to humiliate Romanians in the Centenary year”, while PNL MP Florin Roman claimed that this law “opens a Pandora’s box”.
“In the Centenary year, I believe we should talk about things that unite us, that represent everything that is solid and sustainable for all the Romanian citizens. We appreciate that minorities are a treasure for this country, but when the red line is crossed, we must act. The aberrant decision of PSD and the other satellites to support an approach that has nothing in common with the claims of a minorities in Romania must be sanctioned” Tomac stated.
He says that there is a ground for the unconstitutionality of this law and criticizes “Hungary’s ambitions to humiliate Romanians in the Centenary year”.
“This is the reason for which we challenged today to CCR the law setting up the Roman Catholic High School in Targu-Mures, together with our colleagues from PNL. We appreciate there are enough grounds for the unconstitutionality in this law, and we believe that Hungary’s ambitions to humiliate Romanians in the Centenary year must be reduced, not encouraged. This political swap must be condemned (…) We believe that beyond the political objectives, there is the national interest that we shouldn’t play with, and we acted in this respect” Tomac added.
PNL MP Florin Roman also claimed that the law is “profoundly unconstitutional”, opening “a Pandora’s box”. Roman stated that this high school is a “meed” which the PSD-ALDE majority paid to UDMR to support their decisions.
“This is a profoundly unconstitutional law. You shouldn’t have followed too much school, either a Hungarian or a Romanian one, to understand that you cannot disregard the National Education Law in order to set up a distinct unit by a separate law. An extremely, extremely dangerous Pandora’s box is opened. Local autonomy, separation of powers are crushed with the bulldozer, and we’re actually talking about the meed that PSD-ALDE is paying to the UDMR leaders to support an anti-economic and anti-national Government” the PNL MP stated.
The Senate, as the decisional body, approved the UDMR’s draft law setting up the Roman Catholic Theological High School in Targu-Mures, with teaching exclusively in Hungarian, with 71 pros, 20 cons and one abstention.
The draft law was approved by the Deputies’ Chamber at the end of December, with 18 pros and one abstention, in the Educational Committee of the Chamber; PMP and PNL left the room. The initiative was supported also by the USR MPs, who explained that beyond the “political swap”, children’s right to education is in question.
“The Roman Catholic Theological High School II Rákóczi Ferenc, hereinafter the High School, is set up as a pre-university educational unit with Hungarian language teaching, part of the national educational system, headquartered in Targu-Mures, 15 Mihai Viteazul Street, wing B, Mures County, by partial division of the ‘Farkas Bolyai’ High School in Targu-Mures” reads the draft law.
Florin Roman, on the relationship between PNL and UDMR: We don’t have any agreement with UDMR. Kelemen Hunor’s anger will be gone
PNL MP Florin Roman stated on Tuesday that liberals don’t have “any agreement” with UDMR and the anger “will be gone”, after Kelemen Hunor said that the relationship between UDMR and PNL will be damaged on a medium and long term if the law setting up the Roman Catholic High School will be challenged to CCR.
“Mr. Kelemen Hunor should be upset on those with whom he has agreements. He has political and parliamentary agreements with the parliamentary majority, he doesn’t have any agreement with PNL. There is no agreement. I don’t see why he is upset, and if he is, it will be gone” PNL MP Florin Roman stated, when asked to comment on Kelemen Hunor’s statement.
PNL and UDMR had collaborations in the past, but “Romanian children have never been uprooted during a liberal Government” the PNL MP added.
“We definitely had collaborations with UDMR, but PNL has never negotiated and discussed such serious issues as these. We had a parliamentary, a governmental collaboration, but Romanian children have never been uprooted during a liberal Government” Roman said.
UDMR Chairman Kelemen Hunor appreciates that PNL makes a mistake by challenging the decision to set up the Roman Catholic Theological High School in Targu-Mures to the Constitutional Court, claiming that the relationship between UDMR and PNL will be damaged for a medium and long term.
Kelemen Hunor stated on Monday to the MEDIAFAX correspondent that he doesn’t believe that the grounds for the unconstitutionality are fulfilled in order to challenge the decision to set up the Roman Catholic Theological High School in Targu-Mures, given that Constitution provides the minorities’ right to learn in their mother tongue.