Hungary must clarify stance on autonomy

"The Hungarian government must declare its opinion on the contents laid out in the strategy for public order protection and public security of the Romanian Ministry of Interior Affairs, and must express its dedication for supporting the self-governance demands of the Hungarian community in Transylvania." stated Jobbik's vice president István Szávay in his press conference held in Szatmárnémeti (Satu Mare) on Thursday.

Szávay visited Northern Transylvania and specifically Szatmárnémeti, Nagyvárad (Oradea) and Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) after the expiry of his ban from the country imposed by the Romanian authorities. In reference to the ban, he said he was allowed to enter the country this time but his personal assistant was stopped at the border on Wednesday. "I still have no idea how I may have posed a threat to the security of the Romanian people. My assistant and I will turn to the Court of Human Rights because this treatment is incompatible with the rule of law" said Szávay.

The vice president reminded the public that the Gábor Bethlen Fund for the support of Hungarian communities living abroad has since 2001 been providing the same annual sum for the communities living in the territories torn away – however, this amount has been cut by 25%. "Hungarian families living in neighbouring countries should not be forced to pay for the bad economic policy of the Hungarian government." he pointed out.

Szávay also talked about Romania's 2015-2020 strategy for public order protection and public security recently presented by the Romanian Ministry of Interior Affairs. The document identifies demands for ethnic autonomy as a potential threat on public security. "The Hungarian government must declare its opinion on the contents laid out in the strategy for public order protection and public security of the Romanian Ministry of Interior Affairs, and must express its dedication for supporting the self-governance demands of the Hungarian community in Transylvania." he told.

Szávay also mentioned that the latest opinion polls show a mere 3% gap between leading Fidesz and runner-up Jobbik, and he declared that if Jobbik got into power, the party would raise fivefold the funds allocated for Hungarian communities living abroad as well as incentivize Hungarian firms to create jobs in the Hungarian-populated territories of Romania.

Talking about Jobbik's relations with the Hungarian political parties in Transylvania, he said the radical movement was ready to cooperate with anyone who "represents the real Hungarian interests. I can assure all of you that if Jobbik comes into government, the allocation of funds for ethnic Hungarians will not depend on political considerations but on the realistic needs for the survival of Hungarian communities" summarized István Szávay.

After his visit to Szatmárnémeti, Szávay held a press conference in Kolozsvár where he told journalists that his 1-year ban from the country meant an emotional pressure rather than a professional one since he could keep contact with the eight Transylvanian groups as intensively as before.

Szávay believes that there are several common problems in Romanian-Hungarian relations which need to be solved. However, as long as the Romanian Ministry of Interior Affairs considers the Transylvanian Hungarian community's struggle for autonomy as a threat to public order and security, it is impossible to begin talks about the existing common economic and other issues.

Jobbik's vice president says the discourse of some issues is driven by an intention to intimidate the Hungarian minority. These cases are political by nature as legal procedures are conducted and outrageous verdicts are passed without evidence.

In response to media questions, István Szávay stated that if Jobbik gets into power, it will be a tougher negotiating partner for the Romanian state in terms of the Hungarian minority than any Hungarian government so far.

 

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