2011. 11. 17.
Professor Attila Brassai, the President of the Bolyai Initiative Committee, was the guest of the Intergroup meeting in November. László Tőkés, the Vice President of the European Parliament, proposed as an agenda item Hungarian medical education at the
Mr Tőkés, a Hungarian MEP from
Attila Brassai in his speech discussed the ongoing battle that the Transylvanian Hungarians have been fighting for the restoration of Hungarian faculties and for an independent
Kinga Gál, MEP (Fidesz-EPP), Intergroup co-chair, stated that “in a European Union which is based on democracy and the rule of law, both the observation and any infringement of the law should be followed by legal and political consequences”. According to the MEP, the case of the
László Surján MEP (Fidesz-EPP) highlighted that in several EU member countries there exists legislation to protect and support minority rights, but that they are not implemented by the governments. Csaba Sógor, Gyula Winkler (Transylvanian Hungarian MEPs), and Francois Alfonsi (Corsican MEP) were of the same opinion.
According to the participants situation of the University highlights a serious problem with the EU’s Copenhagen criteria, set up to ensure the protection of national minority rights by a candidate country, which are not being enforced or monitored effectively after the accession process took place. This could result in serious conflicts and tensions both within and between member states that could undermine intra-community trust in the long term.
The Intergroup also heard from the Western Thrace Turkish organisation, ABTTF (Halit Habipoglu and Melek Arik). They described the serious problems facing the Turkish minority which include infringements over their rights to freedom of association, self-identification, religion, political participation and education.