Szávay: I have already sent a message to Brussels: there are severe problems in the Northlands!

Jobbik MP István Szávay on his press conference on the European Parliament’s debate of Slovakia’s EU Council Presidency that began on 1st July noted that Jobbik MEP Krisztina Morvai was the only representative to emphasize the importance of standing for the interests of the Hungarian community living in Slovakia even though the debate had also been addressed by other Hungarian participants, including one MEP from Fidesz, two from the Democratic Coalition and one from the Socialist Party. Szávay added that Slovakian MP Robert Fico, who identified the struggle against nationalism as a priority for Slovakia’s EU Presidency in his Strassbourg speech, might as well start this struggle within his own government coalition. 

Szávay also pointed out that the negligence of the Hungarian governments in the past decades had a significant responsibility for the intolerable situation where the EU’s bureaucrats were completely insensitive to Central Europe’s minority issues. During the debate, First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans praised Slovakia for its progress in terms of the Hungarian issue and minority rights while he failed to mention the matters that clearly demonstrated how Slovakia still treated the members of the Hungarian minority as secondary citizens.

So, while Szávay noted Hungary’s positive role in forging a Central European cooperation in the migrant and quota matters, he also expressed that Jobbik was expecting the Hungarian government not to sacrifice the interests of the Hungarian community of Slovakia on the altar of political cooperation as well as to apply pressure on Slovakia and the EU with regard to these unsettled human rights and ethnic minority issues.