Hungary’s Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén opened the traditional “Tusványos” summer school, student camp and music festival, a major cultural event for ethnic Hungarian youth in the Transylvanian resort town of Tusnádfürdő (Baile Tusnad, central Romania), on Wednesday.
In his opening address, Semjén hailed the fact that Hungary’s authorities recently received the one millionth application for fast-tracked Hungarian citizenship, calling it an important milestone in the “legal unification of the nation”. So far, 845,000 ethnic Hungarians in neighbouring countries have been granted citizenship under Hungary’s dual citizenship law passed in 2010, and 120,000 Hungarians living elsewhere in the diaspora, Semjén said. He pledged that before the next session of the Hungarian Permanent Conference (MAERT) in November, all one million applications will have been fulfilled.
Commenting on a recent visit by Romanian President Klaus Iohannis to Szekler Land, Semjen said the “fair and positive” move was a sign of dialogue concerning endeavours to achieve autonomy for the region. He argued that it was ethnic autonomy which the Romanian president found objectionable, but this is not what Romania’s Hungarians were seeking. The idea of regional autonomy, which Iohannis said could be supported, is “very close” to the territorial autonomy aimed at by the Szekler people, Semjen insisted.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will make his traditional speech on Saturday. Zsolt Németh, head of the Hungarian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, said earlier that Orbán is expected to discuss the various interconnected dilemmas facing Europe’s future. The event would also serve as an excellent platform for discussing and responding to US President Donald Trump’s recently unveiled concept on the need for a value-based renewal of the West. Németh added that at the forum Hungary would present as the current president of the Visegrad Four (V4) its own values to the other three group members, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland, with the aim of establishing a common ground.
via MTI; photos: Nándor Veres – MTI