Hungary’s Vice Prime Minister: Hungarians abroad should have right to autonomy, citizenship

Source : 112 Ukraine

According to him, Budapest is responsible for them
13:03, 17 November 2017

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Ethnic Hungarians abroad, including in Ukraine, should have the right to autonomy, citizenship and the right to vote. This was stated by the Vice Prime Minister of Hungary Zsolt Semjen on the website of the ruling Fides Party.  

In his speech on November 15, he said that the government of the country and civil society adhere to the idea of granting Hungarians in Transcarpathia citizenship of their ethnic homeland.

"Hungarian citizenship for Transcarpathians is not only an emotional issue, but also an existential one, because it allows you to move around the world freely. The government seeks that after hundreds of years of repression from Trianon, people feel the benefits of being a citizen of Hungary, "Semjen said.

He explained this position by the need to be responsible for ethnic Hungarians abroad, and in neighboring countries with Hungary, more than 870,000 people have already received citizenship, and Budapest has therefore started an active program of pre-school education in the region.

Related: Hungary asks Ukraine to investigate attempt to burn their flag in Zakarpattia

He also once again criticized the Ukrainian law on education, arguing that in Transcarpathia the government of Hungary has done much more for the social sphere than Ukraine.

"This concerns financial assistance to doctors, teachers, provision of free meals for children, delivery of vaccines," the Hungarian vice prime minister said.

As it was reported earlier President Petro Poroshenko signed the law of Ukraine #2145 VII ‘On Education’ on September 25. Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Russia and Moldova expressed the protests towards the law.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary Peter Szijjarto claimed that the government of Hungary decided to block all further decisions of the EU that aim for the rapprochement of the EU with Ukraine due to the ‘Law on Education’.

Minister of Education and Science of Ukraine Liliia Hrynevych announced the date of the negotiations between Ukraine and Hungary on ‘Law on Education’

Related: Lithuanian Seimas asks Hungary not to block EU-Ukraine rapprochement

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