Katalin Szili, the prime minister’s commissioner for minority rights, marking the 30th anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty on Monday, called for legislation to be drafted by the European Commission on national minorities.
Among other things, the treaty defines the concept of European citizen and serves as a reference point for every civil initiative, including the Minority SafePack and protecting national regions, Szili said in a statement.
“Today the Maastricht Treaty unites 440 million European citizens … Fifty million of these belong to a national minority,” she said.
She said the document must serve as a guarantee for Hungarians beyond the borders to “preserve their identity and thrive in their homeland,” Szili added.
“Our case requires a Community act be drafted by the European Commission,” she said, adding that it would be “a shame” if this were delayed.
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