The proposals of the Minority SafePack Initiative on how EU law could promote minority rights, linguistic and cultural diversity in Europe were presented with an overwhelmingly positive feedback in the Public Hearing organised in Brussels, in the European Parliament on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Due to current COVID-19 constraints, the meeting was held partly remotely with limited physical presence in the room, but was fully webstreamed for the public.
MEP Loránt Vincze, the President of FUEN said: “In recent years, fundamental rights and values became increasingly important. Minority rights are part of the fundamental rights and they are a European value. Today it is time to start action based on this acknowledgment. Through the EU policies and financing we can support our minorities to feel respected, protected, and equal.” On behalf of the EPP Group, he proposed that the plenary of the Parliament adopts a resolution inviting the European Commission to propose legal acts based on the Minority SafePack Initiative.
“The reason why so many people supported the Minority SafePack is that they believe that the EU can provide more for the traditional minorities and linguistic groups. The motto of the European Union, United in Diversity needs to become reality. This is also an economic and security issue, but first of all, an issue of basic human dignity”, said in his concluding remarks Hunor Kelemen, Deputy Representative of the Citizens’ Committee, President of RMDSZ.