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January 30, 2023

Kelemen Hunor at the UDMR Congress : The country needs a stable Government, every effort needs to be made for rebuilding the coalition. Semjen Zsolt praises UDMR’s role in supporting Romanian-Hungarian relations

Leader of the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR), Kelemen Hunor, on Friday stated, in the opening of the 15th edition of the Congress of this political party, that the country needs a stable government and that every efforts need to be made for a rebuilding of the coalition created in 2020.

“The autumn political season began with a crisis and with the congresses of political parties. Of these congresses, ours is the least noisy. The congress of the National Liberal Party (PNL) follows, followed by the USR (Save Romania Union) congress (…) It is true that almost one year ago we we sat at the table and said that we would have a stable government, a stable majority for four years, and we made a calculation: since 2008 we have not had a government that has ruled for four years. In 13 years, we have had 13 governments, not to mention the interim ones, and after the 2008 parliamentary elections, no Romanian government has been able to stay for four years, to complete its mandate. How can results be achieved, efficiency when the government changes almost every year?!,” said Kelemen Hunor. according to Agerpres.

He reiterated his call on PNL and USR PLUS (Save Romania Union, Freedom, Unity, Solidarity Party) that “considerable” efforts must be made to restore the coalition formed in December 2020 this year. This means compromise, it means dialogue, it means understanding one another other,” he said.

Kelemen Hunor added that the option of a minority government can also be considered, but rebuilding the coalition is the first option.


If it were up to me, SIIJ would no longer exist


The chairman of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR), Kelemen Hunor, declared on Friday, within the 15th Congress of the formation, which is taking place in Sangeorgiu de Mures, that if it were up to him, the Section for the Investigation of Judicial Crimes (SIIJ) would no longer exist, but an institutional guarantee must be found in order for prosecutors and judges to keep their independence.

“The problem with the Section for the Investigation of Judicial Crimes (SIIJ) – if it were up to me, this section would no longer exist. We all agree that this section needs to cease its activity, but we must also find an institutional guarantee for prosecutors and judges to keep their independence. There should be a guarantee so that we don’t return to that hell in which 3,000 cases were opened just to put pressure on prosecutors and judges, and two thirds were against them. The question becomes what is the institutional solution for judges and prosecutors to be independent, and for people to be convinced of the justice system’s independence?,” Kelemen Hunor declared, during the presentation of the Union chairman’s report.

Kelemen Hunor also said that UDMR has a recommendation regarding this topic, but it is still flexible to any kind of a better solution.


Deputy PM of Hungary Semjen Zsolt at the UDMR Congress: We count on UDMR’s role in supporting Romanian-Hungarian relations


Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary and leader of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP), Semjen Zsolt, declared on Friday, at the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania (UDMR) Congress in Sangeorgiu de Mures, that Hungary has seven neighbors and that it managed to conclude a close collaboration with the other neighbors, but this way of collaboration has not yet been achieved with Romania.

“I draw your attention to the role of UDMR in supporting Romanian-Hungarian relations, I tell my Romanian friends that our hand has been and continues to be extended to you. Hungary’s interest is to have good Romanian-Hungarian relations. Hungary has seven neighbors, Hungary has a similar relationship with Ukraine, as does Romania from the perspective of the Romanian community. With the other neighbors, however, we managed to conclude a collaboration with our friends from Slovakia in V4 (the Visegrad Group), in Serbia, for example, the Milosevic regime somewhat left the Hungarians behind, but thanks to the Hungarian organization (…) we have reached a historic agreement. Then I am asking you, if we managed to conclude this collaboration with the Serbs, then why can’t we do it with Romania as well? Our hand is outstretched and we count on UDMR’s role in supporting Romanian-Hungarian relations. God bless the Hungarians in Transylvania, bless Transylvania and the UDMR,” Semjen Zsolt said, according to the official translation.

The leader of KDNP, an allied party of FIDESZ, the party of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, showed that it is important for everyone, for all Hungarians and for Brussels, that Hungarians in Transylvania have never asked for any new things that are not generally accepted in the European Union.

“If we accept existing rights in Europe, to which other European communities are entitled, then those rights should be ours too, because what is possible for some must be possible for us too,” said Deputy Prime Minister Semjen Zsolt.

Semjen Zsolt showed that for two decades he has been at the helm of the Christian Democratic People’s Party and that during this period he was not only in partnership, but in a friendly relationship with UDMR.

“From the beginning I have been pro-UDMR because we are pro-Hungarian. The key to understanding this situation is that if, God forbid!, the UDMR were shaken, then in Bucharest there will be no other Hungarian party, but there won’t be anyone. In the end, they will have no choice but to join another Romanian party, and that is how a Hungarian party will end the whole course, that is why we are against everything that weakens the UDMR,” stressed Semjen Zsolt.

He mentioned that since 2010, the Hungarian Government and UDMR have not reached compromises, as some journalists wrote, but there is a relationship of “unconditional trust from the perspective of Transylvania, from the perspective of Romania, and there have been no decisions in Budapest that have not been discussed with Mr Kelemen [UDMR leader]”.

“We need to have dialogues with organizations beyond the borders of Hungary before making any decision and that is why I want to thank the UDMR, the activists, the mayors who helped us in the naturalization process. All those who wanted to acquire dual citizenship, have succeeded in doing so. At one point, there was a shameful referendum, because the majority knew how to vote, but the government at the time emotionally hurt the Hungarians abroad and the Hungarians in Transylvania. In 2010, we gained a two-thirds majority, and our first task was to pass a law on dual citizenship, so that all Hungarians can acquire Hungarian citizenship by right,” said Semjén Zsolt.

The Deputy Prime Minister in Budapest also said that UDMR is responsible not only for the Hungarians in Transylvania, because what is happening in Transylvania is a point of reference for the other Hungarian communities as well.


Compiled from Agerpres

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