Székelys, a sub-ethnic group of Hungarians who live in the three administrative regions of Romania, have been seeking autonomy for decades, but have never received official support from Bucharest.
On the eve of the Romanian Hungarians still had a chance for autonomy. This happened after the Chamber of Deputies of the Romanian Parliament voted in favor of the law on the autonomy of the Székelys Region.
Establishment of an autonomous region (consisting of the Covasna and Harghita and the city of Mureș) with legal personality in Romania and the free use of “symbols of the Hungarian nation.”
Autonomy must have a president who is elected for four years (maximum two consecutive times).
The Hungarian language should become official, and only those persons who speak the language of national minorities and belong to them could be appointed to positions in local and regional government.
The initiator of the adopted law was the Democratic Union of Hungarians of Romania, according to which the document "reflects the historical identity of the region."
The deadline by which this initiative was to be considered passed March 25, which is why parliamentarians adopted a document on the so-called "silent procedure" on April 23. That is, the bill was approved in the form in which it was introduced.
Here is the reaction to this of the leader of the National Liberal Party faction, Florin Roman:
“The adoption of the bill on the autonomy of the Széckie Krai by the silent procedure is a hidden political trade between PSD (Social Democratic Party, - ed.) and UDMR (Democratic Union of Hungarians of Romania, - ed.). This is not the first time that the PSD in the Romanian Parliament plays the UDMR game, putting the party’s interests above national interests. The toxic majority of the Social Democratic Party and its allies in the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies is solely responsible for the tacit approval of this territorial disintegration of Romania.”
Florin Roman believes that they took advantage of the Easter period and the limited activities of parliament, so as not to put the draft law on the final vote.
“This is how the toxic majority acts when it wants to pass the bill secretly,” of the Ziua news cites the head of the faction.
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis
Romanian President Klaus Iohannis at today's emergency briefing accused the Social Democratic Party and the Democratic Union of Hungarians of the intention to “return Transylvania back to the Hungarians.”
"While we are fighting the coronavirus, the SDP is fighting in the secret parliamentary cabinets in order to surrender the Hungarians to Transylvania," said the Romanian leader.
He also accused the SDP of secret agreements with the Hungarian authorities, in connection with which he publicly asked the party chairman Marcel Ciolacu:
“What did the leader from Budapest Viktor Orban promise you in exchange for this agreement?”
Iohannis said that during his presidency, he would not let such a law to be passed.
The Senate of Romania has to approve the bill.
At yesterday’s meeting, after a 2-hour debate, 126 out of 135 senators voted against the adoption of the document, Digi24 reported.