Jobbik sets up working group to support ethnic Hungarian autonomy efforts

Announcing the move in his Monday press conference, Jobbik’s president added that the talks on Serbia’s EU accession mean a historic opportunity for the Hungarian community living there. Tamás Sneider says there has been no democratic response for the Trianon peace dictate. Jobbik believes that this trauma needs a long-term solution as a treatment and if it does not happen, then the upcoming decades may see one quarter of the Hungarian community living fully or partly deprived of their rights.

According to the party president, a democratic European Union cannot allow the fundamental right of self-determination to be deprived here along our borders while other areas of Western Europe offer countless excellent examples for regional and personal autonomy. Stating that the situation was clear, the politician added that our communities living in the territories torn away from Hungary have all articulated their autonomy efforts but the Hungarian domestic policy, i.e., the Hungarian governments had so far been unwilling to address, let alone firmly voice these issues in international forums or in bilateral negotiations with the neighbouring countries.

Asserting that Jobbik was going to abandon this practice, Mr Sneider said his party aimed for a political discourse that showed what a huge opportunity autonomy and self-determination meant for everyone – as an example, he mentioned South Tyrol with its German-speaking majority, which was granted its autonomy, did not break away from Italy and now it’s the country’s richest province.

By supporting the various autonomy efforts, Jobbik aims to make “Eastern Central Europe the region of stability for centuries to come”, and the party doesn’t want to let the rights of Hungarians be swept under the carpet any longer or allow these people to be treated as scapegoats again. To achieve these goals, the autonomy working group led by Jobbik MP István Szávay will soon start a dialogue with politicians from the neighbouring countries. Mr Sneider expressed the need for a constructive approach from the Hungarian government, too.

However, he noted that State Secretary Csaba Dömötör demonstrated quite a contrary approach when he called the anniversary of this national tragedy a celebration. As ha put it, Jobbik hopes that Fidesz would realize that the ethnic Hungarian communities should not be used for vote maximization. Instead, their rights should be guaranteed. Answering our question, he said several MPs would be included in the working group and he also mentioned Koloman Brenner who would contribute to the efforts. The first meeting will discuss and analyze the existing autonomy rights in Europe and draw the conclusions.

Reacting to our note that Mr Dömötör’s answer was not only odd for its style but also for the fact that he failed to utter the word “autonomy” at all, Mr Sneider said it clearly showed that the Orbán government was going for nothing but the ethnic Hungarian votes and it is unwilling to conduct a real fight for national independence against the European Union.

“If it goes on like this, we will lose the historic opportunity arising from Serbia’s EU accession,” Mr Sneider warned. If Fidesz “literally betrays the nation by refusing to address the autonomy issue”, then a quarter million Hungarian people will lose the opportunity for an honest regional and personal autonomy which would be coupled with an economic development. In conclusion, the president noted that if the government could finally come up with any concept on the conditions for Serbia’s EU accession, they could rely on Jobbik.


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