Introduction

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‘The dividing line between being in and being out is virtually non-existent in the EU. Since I have been elected by the Hungarian voters precisely in order to represent Hungarian interests out there in Brussels, and at the same time to bring word from Brussels back home. In a sense, I serve as a link between the two’ (excerpt from Kulcsidő an interview book by Csilla Csűrös)

In 2014 as a candidate of FIDESZ I was re-elected for the third time to be a Member of the European Parliament and to be member of the Hungarian delegation of the European People’s Party. I also continued to be active in the field of citizens’ and minority communities rights.

My work had to be concentrated on the countering of the many attacks and false accusations directed against Hungary, right after FIDESZ won a 2/3rd majority in 2010. Furthermore, the protection of the rights of national minorities and the representation of the interests of the Hungarian communities living across the borders remained top priorities throughout my second term as well. All of these tasks are complex and oftentimes necessitate going against the currents – as there are few people who stand up consequently in defence of the rights of the national minority communities, despite the fact that almost 10% of the population of the European Union belong to a national or regional linguistic minority group.

Did we succeed in representing well enough the interests of the Hungarian people on a European level? – I would say, yes. And, yes, we did manage to alter the perceptions Europe forms of Hungarian national minority communities, their problems and the possible solutions. Because of our love for our country we need to strengthen Hungary and Europe.

One swallow does not make a spring – as goes the saying; however, there are many of us, who, with hard work or honest empathy, do contribute to the coming of springtime. Our work in the Intergroup or the parliamentary committees is all about this: finding partners, cooperating, and showing a good deal of empathy towards each other, no matter which corner of Europe we are coming from.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Born on 6 September 1970, Cluj Napoca (Romania)

European Parliament, Member (2004-2009, 2009-2014, 2014-) in the Group of the European People’s Party (EPP) on behalf of the Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Party, Hungary

Committees, delegations:
– Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Vice-Chair
– Subcommittee on Human Rights, Member
– Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages, Chair

Informative document on the Intergroup can be downloaded on the link below:

Intergroup for Traditional Minorities

– African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) – delegated member to ACP countries Joint Parliamentary Assembly

Education:
– Eötvös Loránd University, Political Science and Law Department (1994);
– Institute for Comparative Human Rights, Strasbourg, Diploma of International Human Rights (1993);

Professional experience:
– Chief advisor to the President, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2003-2004);
– European Centre for Minority Issues – international legal expert (1997-2000, Flensburg, Germany);
– Government Office for Hungarian Minorities Abroad – analyst (1995), Vice-Chairman (2001-2002);
– Teleki Foundation – researcher (1996);
– Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania – advisor in minority rights issues (1991-1994).

Languages:
Mother tongue: Hungarian
Spoken languages: English, German, Romanian and French

Marital status:
Married with four children.

Publications:
– Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages – the issues raised in the European Parliament Intergroup 2009-2011 (Co-author: Davyth Hicks, Eplényi Kata), Published by Kinga Gál, Brussels, December 2011,
– Az európai kulturális sokszínűség régi és új arcai, in: Örökség a jövőnek – Nemzetközi Konferencia, Magyar Országgyűlés, 2010. november 25, előadások, Budapest, 2011
– National Minorities in Inter-State Relations: Commentary from Country Perspective, in: National Minorities in Inter-State Relations, edited by Francesco Palermo – Natalie Sabandze, Leiden, Boston, 2011,
– The European Parliament Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages, 2009-2014, in: Europäisches Journal für Minderheitenfragen, EJM 3-4 (2010).
– Minority Governance at the Threshold of the 21st Century (ed.), ECMI, Flensburg – Open Society Institute, Budapest, October 2002.
– Staatsangehörigkeit in Ungarn heute, in: Osteuropa, Zeitschrift für Gegenwartsfragen des Ostens, 52.Jg., 6/2002, Deutsche Verlags Anstalt Stuttgart, 2002.
– Aktuelle Autonomiekonzepte ungarischer Minderheiten in Ostmitteleuropa, in: Adriányi, Glassl, Völkl, Borbándi, Brunner, Ungarn-Jahrbuch, Zeitschrift für die Kunde Ungarns und verwandte Gebiete, München, 2002.
– Legal and Political Aspects of Protecting Minorities in Southeastern Europe in the Context of European Enlargement, in: Wim van Meurs, Beyond EU Enlargement, Bertelsmann Foundation Publishers, Gütersloh, 2001.
– The Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and its Impact on Central and Eastern Europe, in: Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, Winter 2000.
– The New Slovak language law: Internal or External Politics? (Co-author: Farimah Daftary), ECMI Working Paper # 8, pp. 71, Flensburg, September 2000.
– Innere Selbstbestimmung – Aktuelle Autonomiekonzepte der Minderheiten in Rumanien, in: Löwe, Tontsch und Troebst, Minderheiten, Regionalbewusstsein und Zentralismus in Ostmitteleuropa, Böhlau Verlag Köln Weimar Wien, 2000.
– Minoritätenprobleme in Ungarn und Rumänien, in: Neuss, Beate, Peter Jurczek and Wolfram Hilz (eds.) Transformationsprozesse im suedlichen Mitteleuropa – Ungarn und Rumänien. Beiträge zu einem politik- und regional-wissenschaftlichen Symposium an der TU Chemnitz. Occasional papers no. 20, Tuebingen: Europäisches Zentrum für Föderalismus- Forschung, pp. 31-41, 1999.
– The role of the bilateral treaties in the protection of national minorities in Central and Eastern Europe, Helsinki Monitor, Quarterly on Security and Cooperation in Europe, Volume 10 No.3, pp. 73-90, 1999.
– Implementing the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (Co-author: María Amor Martín Estébanez), Flensburg, Germany, 12-14 June 1998. ECMI Report #3, pp.96, August 1999.
– Bilateral Agreements in Central and Eastern Europe: A New Inter-State Framework for Minority Protection?, ECMI Working Paper # 4, pp. 22, Flensburg, May 1999.
– A Román Parlament elé terjesztett kisebbségi törvény-tervezetek összehasonlítása, Magyar Kisebbség, III. évfolyam, 1-2 szám, pp. 244-255, Kolozsvár, 1997.
– Kisebbségvédelem a nemzetközi jogban, Magyar Kisebbség-, II évfolyam, 1-2 szám, Kolozsvár, 1996.
– Önrendelkezés és önkormányzatiság Kossuth felfogásában, 1861, Pro Minoritate, Budapest, 1991.