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December 1, 2022

Committee on control of SRI activity holds meeting to discuss President’s statement about Szekerland

The Joint Standing Committees of the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate for the exercise of parliamentary control over the activity of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) is to hold a meeting on Tuesday, 2 p.m., to ask SRI for an official opinion regarding the statement made by President Klaus Iohannis on April 28 with respect to the tacit adoption of the UDMR (Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania) draft law regarding the autonomy of the Szekerland.

“We believe it’s important to have a written opinion of the Romanian Intelligence Service, although my opinion hasn’t changed that we need to also have a hearing with the leadership of the SRI. We must observe procedures and parliamentary regulations, and the decision regarding the hearings belongs to the plenary sitting of the Committee, plus that this topic is one that has to do with the national security of Romania and with defending the constitutional values (article 1 of the Romanian Constitution),” PSD (Social Democratic Party) Deputy Marian Gheorghe Cucsa (photo), Vice-President of the Committee, according to a press release sent to AGERPRES on Monday.

Cucsa said in a post on Facebook that at the Tuesday meeting of the Committee they will also decide whether to hear the head of the Romanian Intelligence Service, Eduard Hellvig, or not.

“I will stick to my opinion that it’s very important to find out if the SRI holds any information to support the extremely serious accusations made by President Klaus Iohannis related to the draft law on the autonomy of the Szeklerland. It is very important that we all know whether the head of state spoke knowingly or he just threw words that created a diplomatic scandal between Romania and Hungary,” the Social Democrat said.


PSD’s Ciolacu files complaint with CNCD against Iohannis’ statements regarding autonomy of Szeklerland


Interim Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Marcel Ciolacu has filed a complaint on Monday with the National Council for Combating Discrimination (CNCD) against President Klaus Iohannis, following the latter’s statements regarding the “agreement” between Social-Democrats and the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) on the draft law on the autonomy of the Szeklerland.

“Klaus Iohannis, 2014: ‘How can anyone say in the public space that someone wants to tear Transylvania apart or lead to an enmity of Transylvanians against Oltenia inhabitants. These are stupidities. One is not allowed to say something like that.’ Nonetheless, Iohannis could. In 2020. Out of desperation to hide the incompetence, the lack of concrete solutions, the stupidity and corruption of the Government he is leading. That is the reason I filed a complaint today with the National Council for Combating Discrimination against Klaus Iohannis. The President must answer for the serious accusations of incitement to hatred which he made, without having the slightest evidence,” Ciolacu wrote on his Facebook page.

The PSD notifies the CNCD against Klaus Iohannis for “the deliberate and repeated manner in which he makes discriminatory statements against the PSD, its members and leaders,” as the complaint shows.

“Concretely, on 29.04.2020, in a press statement, President Iohannis made serious statements, without presenting any kind of evidence or document, according to which the PSD, in complicity with the UDMR and the Government in Budapest, would have had an agreement to give Transylvania away: ‘The great PSD is fighting in the secret offices of Parliament to give Transylvania away to the Hungarians’ or ‘ Jo napot, Ciolacu! What has the leader of Budapest, Viktor Orban, promised you in exchange for this agreement?’. Basically, abusing his position as head of the Romanian state, President Iohannis knowingly issues accusations and value judgments with a profound discriminatory character and incitement to hatred, without any basis. It is an even more serious statement as President Iohannis stated in 2014, on a television broadcast, regarding the ‘rupture of Transylvania’ that ‘such themes are totally false, from another century and they are harmful’,” the document also shows.

The PSD added that, in this context, President Iohannis’ recent speeches aim to “manipulate and induce among Romanian citizens the idea that the PSD and its members would threaten the integrity of the Romanian state, the independence and sovereignty of Romania, in complicity with Viktor Orban’s Government in Budapest.”

“These statements are all the more serious as they are now made from the height of the presidential tribune, without any evidence, and in obvious dissonance with Klaus Iohannis’ statements from 2014. Thus, President Iohannis seriously injures both the Romanian citizens and the Hungarian ethnics, inciting to hatred, division and interethnic conflicts. In fact, the case presented above is not singular. Over the last period, President Klaus Werner Iohannis had increased accents of intolerance, discrediting and discrimination against the PSD members, followers and the left-wing electorate in general. (…) Moreover, President Iohannis is consciously opposing the Constitution, which grants rights and political options, in full equality to all citizens, regardless of their political choice. Taking into account all these arguments, the PSD requests the CNCD to take note of the discriminatory character, of incitement and violation of the dignity of citizens, the PSD members, of the repeated statements of the President of Romania and to enforce the corresponding sanctions,” the complaint mentions.


President Iohannis: I don’t have any problem with Hungarian ethnics, but with politicians, especially Social-Democrats


In turn, President Klaus Iohannis has stated on Monday that he has no problem with the Hungarian ethnics, but with the politicians, especially those with the Social Democratic Party (PSD), because they promote legislation for the autonomy of the Szeklerland.

“I cannot leave unmentioned a topic I brought to discussion last week and which created concerns for many – the matter in Parliament regarding the autonomy of the territory which is called the Szeklerland in Transylvania. I made some statements then and I hope I was well understood. I don’t have any problem with the people of Hungarian ethnicity, I know many of them, I had many colleagues, I still have colleagues, I respect them, the vast majority are good people, hardworking, who are minding their own business. The problem I have is with the politicians, especially with the PSD politicians, who, to make matters worse, tried to promote a piece of legislation regarding the autonomy of the Szeklerland. It is surprising and (…) and I think it is upsetting for many of you. The Social-Democrats tried to walk away clean and after a short while, they introduced the legislation in the Senate, where they rejected it, but here comes evidence that it was not a singular issue,” the head of state told a news briefing at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace.

He criticised the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) bill regarding the Administrative Code, showing that it is unconstitutional and that he won’t tolerate the emergence of such law.

“To make matters worse, another UDMR initiative passed the Senate by tacit approval, which basically establishes an Administrative Code parallel to the one already existing, a kind of Administrative Code in the UDMR version. This Administrative Code introduced by the UDMR in the parliamentary circuit provides, for instance, that the Hungarian language be compulsory in some areas of Transylvania. This time, the PSD cannot say it did not know, because this initiative passed through the Senate committees, where the PSD members voted in favour of it. Now, probably, after I have publicly shown what is wanted again from the PSD, they will find a way to vote against this law as well, but we cannot pretend that we do not see how the PSD is obvious in the situation of promoting certain administrative acts, laws that lead to the autonomy of the Szeklerland, but something like that is simply unconstitutional and I will not tolerate the emergence of such laws,” Iohannis said.

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