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Hungary Supports Romania’s OECD Membership As Bucharest Promises Solution For Transylvanian School Issue

By Tamás Székely // 2017.09.25.

Hungary supports Romania’s accession to the OECD, after the head of the country’s governing party, Liviu Dragnea, made a promise to resolve the situation of the school for ethnic Hungarians in Marosvásárhely (Targu Mures, RO), the Hungarian Foreign Minister said.

Péter Szijjártó told news agency MTI that Liviu Dragnea had made the promise in a telephone conversation with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Dragnea earlier said on a social media site that he had assured the Hungarian Prime minister that the situation of a school for ethnic Hungarians in Marosvásárhely would be resolved. Dragnea said he had agreed in a conversation on the telephone with Orbán that Romania would resolve the situation of the school, while Hungary would again support Romania’s accession to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which is a key foreign policy goal of Romania.

Hungary did not support Romania’s application for membership at a meeting of the OECD’s decision-making body in September because of the suspension of the operation of the Hungarian language Catholic school. Dragnea said he had explained to Orbán that the school’s “situation” was the result of a court ruling and was by no means an attack against either the Catholic Church or the Hungarian minority. It is the duty of Romanian authorities to find an expedient, legal and lasting solution to the situation of the school, he added.

“I promised that we would find a solution,” Szijjártó quoted Dragnea as saying. The Romanian politician said Orbán had expressed his appreciation for the Romanians’ willingness for dialogue and promised that Hungary would support Romania’s accession to the OECD. Dragnea did not clarify the solution for the school in his post on social media. Hunor Kelemen, head of the ethnic Hungarian party in Romania (RMDSZ), was also consulted on the decision, Péter Szijjártó said.

via MTI; photo: Gergely L. Boda – MTI