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The Hungarian Permanent Conference (Máért) and the Hungarian Diaspora Council unanimously approved the closing declaration of their online conference on Thursday, Zsolt Semjén, the deputy prime minister in charge of policy for Hungarian communities abroad, noted.

He said the various parties had formed a strong consensus concerning the policies and issues facing Hungarian communities in the Carpathian Basin and around the world.

He noted that the opposition Democratic Coalition, however, had not been represented at the meetings, though it had received an invitation to attend.

Orbán to Máért: Coronavirus Has Proven Hungarians Belong Together
Orbán to Máért: Coronavirus Has Proven Hungarians Belong Together

The current year and the coronavirus pandemic that has come with it have proven that “we, Hungarians indeed belong together”, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said in a video message addressing the opening of the online plenary session of the Hungarian Permanent Conference (Máért) and the Diaspora Council on Thursday. Welcoming participants, Orbán noted that 2020 […]Continue reading

Noting that parliamentary elections will be held in Romania on Dec. 6, Semjén said it was vital that the Hungarian Democratic Alliance of Romania (RMDSZ) should strongly represent Hungarian interests in the Romanian parliament, and he urged Hungarians in Romania and diaspora Hungarians with Romanian citizenship to vote for it.

He said RDMSZ represented Hungarian values and Hungarian interests.

State secretary Potápi: Hungarians abroad part of Hungarian nation

János Árpád Potápi, the state secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office in charge of policies for Hungarian communities abroad, noted the declaration referred to the centenary of the Trianon peace treaty, arguing that not a single nation had been forced to endure the kind of hundred years “that are now behind us Hungarians”.

“We have shown that, notwithstanding all the tribulations of the twentieth century, we are united as the Hungarian nation in spite of its fragmentation,” the final declaration states.

Over the past ten years, everything has been done to ensure that Hungarians abroad legally become part of the Hungarian nation again, he noted.

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“This Government Thinks in Terms of Nationality, not in Borders” – Interview with Péter Szilágyi

“The main purpose of our Policy for Hungarian communities abroad is to keep Hungarians living in these countries in their homeland, to prevail there and to preserve their Hungarian identities.”, claims Péter Szilágyi, the ministerial commissioner responsible for Hungarian communities abroad. Trianon means something different to a Hungarian than to a Romanian or Slovakian but […]Continue reading

All Hungarians can decide on the most important issues affecting the fate of the nation together, thanks to their right to vote, Potápi said, quoting the declaration.

Being Hungarian in the Carpathian Basin is no longer a disadvantage but its opposite, he said, adding that all Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin should proudly declare their Hungarianness and their mother tongue in the censuses conducted in several countries next year.

Members of the Hungarian nation have regained their self-esteem, respecting and preserving their Christian national values, the document states. “We declare that 2021 will be the year of national renewal.”

Diaspora Council declaration: “Hungarians are now a global nation”

The Diaspora Council said in its closing declaration that the Hungarian nation had reunited in the last ten years. Thanks to preferential citizenship and the right to vote in Hungarian parliamentary elections, diaspora Hungarians have also become Hungarian citizens again and can take part in making the most important decisions concerning Hungary, the declaration said. “Hungarians are now a global nation.”

Members of the Diaspora Council are active in advancing protections for Hungarians living in the Carpathian Basin, it said. “No Hungarian is alone,” it declares. Finally, the council also agreed that 2021 should be the year of national renewal.

In the featured photo (from left to right): state secretary Árpád János Potápi and Deputy PM Zsolt Semjén. Photo by Gergely Botár/