European Parliament hosts exhibition on famous Hungarians

European Parliament hosts exhibition on famous Hungarians

2010. 06. 02.

The people presented in the exhibition – subtitled >From the past of Trianon to the future of Schengen – are “forerunners to the current building of a unified Europe,” Joseph Daul, head of the Christian-Democratic-Conservative group of the European People’s Party, said at the opening ceremony.

MEP Kinga Gal of Hungary’s governing Fidesz party, who organised the exhibition, said that “there is a new, European dimension to handle the heritage of Trianon”.

“The new perspective, which was opened up by the Schengen Treaty… could be instrumental in resolving (the Trianon issue) and could be a significant national resource for us,” she said.

The ceremony was also addressed by Slovak MEP Edit Bauer, whose home town, Samorin, had belonged to five different countries due to border changes during the past 100 years.

“The future of Europe rests on efforts to preserve common values and to build a union based on mutual trust and respect,” Bauer said.

The photographs and other documents on display have been borrowed from the Hungarian National Museum, the Hopp Ferenc Museum and the archives of Hungary’s national news agency MTI.

The Trianon Peace Treaty, signed on June 4, 1920, deprived Hungary of two-thirds of its territory and about 60 percent of its population, including over 3 million ethnic Hungarians.