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Court Says Two Hungarian Parties in Romania Cannot Merge

Júlia Tar 2021.10.25.

Romania’s two Hungarian parties wanted to merge into one but the court decided not to allow this. Their reason behind the rejection of the parties’ fusion is absurd, according to some.

The Hungarian People’s Party of Transylvania (Erdélyi Magyar Néppárt) and Hungarian Civic Party (Magyar Polgári Párt) planned to merge into one party, which would have been called Hungarian Association of Transylvania (Erdélyi Magyar Szövetség).

Transindex reports that “in September this year, at the fourth hearing on the party merger, the public prosecutor did not raise any objections to the process.”

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Yet, on Friday, the fusion of the two extra-parliamentary parties was rejected by the court. According to the reasoning just issued, the registration of the Hungarian Association of Transylvania is not possible because its official name includes the word “Hungarian.”

Why this is a problem and why it has not been a problem before even though both parties’ names include “Hungarian” as well, is unknown. The judgment is not final- the parties have five days to file an appeal, and they are planning to do so.

“The two parties initiating the merger, which have already been registered by the court, also have “Hungarian” in their names, and in the case of the Hungarian People’s Party of Transylvania, the first official name is not even the Romanian one but Hungarian,”

the leaders of the parties said, HVG reports.

The merger of the Hungarian People’s Party of Transylvania and the Hungarian Civic Party was decided on January 18, 2020 in Csíkszereda by the delegates’ assembly of the two parties. The registration of the new party created by the merger was launched only after the elections, so that the potentially lengthy court procedure for registering the fusion would not jeopardize their participation in the elections.

Featured image: János Mezei, President of the Hungarian Civic Party (on the left) and István Csomortányi, President of the Hungarian People’s Party of Transylvania, co-chairmen of the Hungarian Association of Transylvania (on the right) hold a press conference on the December Romanian parliamentary elections in Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca), October 19, 2020. Photo by Gábor Kiss/MTI