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Minority Safepack Initiative Garners Two-Thirds Majority Support in EP

Péter Cseresnyés 2020.12.18.

On Thursday, the European Parliament supported by a large majority a resolution on the Minority SafePack based on the European Citizens’ Initiative that aims to protect the rights of indigenous minorities at the EU level.

Yesterday, the European Parliament, with broad support, called on the Commission to propose legal acts to protect minority languages ​​and multilingualism.

In a resolution adopted with 524 votes in favor, 67 against, and 103 abstentions, the EP pointed out that national and linguistic minorities in the EU are facing assimilation and are losing their languages, resulting in linguistic and cultural impoverishment.

Minority SafePack: Hungary MEPs Urge Stronger EC Support for Protection of Nat'l Minorities
Minority SafePack: Hungary MEPs Urge Stronger EC Support for Protection of Nat'l Minorities

The European Commission should take specific steps to support the continent’s ethnic minority groups, Hungary’s MEPs said in a European Parliamentary debate on Minority SafePack, an initiative urging EU protection for indigenous national minorities in the bloc, on Monday. Kinga Gál, an MEP for Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party, said in a statement that it was […]Continue reading

In the resolution of the initiative signed by more than one million EU citizens, MEPs acknowledged that member states are the ones responsible for protecting minorities’ rights, but stressed that they expect a common framework of minimum EU standards for the protection of minority rights.

They added that regional languages must be promoted, linguistic rights protected where more than one official language is in use, and language communities defended in accordance with fundamental rights.

The EP also expressed its concern about the alarming increase in hate crimes and hate speech against persons belonging to minority groups.

MEPs of the Fidesz-KDNP and Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) welcomed the resolution.

With today’s vote and Monday’s plenary debate, the European Parliament has given the strongest possible signal to the European Commission to initiate legislation based on the Minority SafePack proposals, the MEPs wrote in a statement.

German Bundestag Backs Minority Safepack Initiative and Appeals to EC
German Bundestag Backs Minority Safepack Initiative and Appeals to EC

The German Parliament on Friday unanimously adopted the resolution that appeals to the European Commission to implement the Minority Safepack Initiative (MSPI), the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) reported.  The Minority SafePack initiative, launched and coordinated by FUEN, contains a comprehensive set of measures to protect and promote the cultural and linguistic diversity of autochthonous […]Continue reading

They pointed out that so far, a total of six European Citizens’ Initiatives have been successful, including this one.

Loránt Vincze, the RMDSZ MEP and President of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) who submitted the resolution, said that “This is our common success. The initiative started in Transylvania by the RMDSZ and was unanimously supported by the Hungarian Parliament at the proposal of the Hungarian nationalities. This joint action has created a comprehensive national consensus on the issue at home and in Europe.”

According to Fidesz MEP Kinga Gál, Co-Chair of the EP Minority Working Group: “Real actions are finally needed on the part of the Commission to make the protection of European indigenous minorities as equal EU citizens a reality. Otherwise, the mere survival of these communities will be seriously jeopardized.”

Featured photo by Olivier Hoslet/EPA/MTI