Minority SafePack: An initiative to protect European minorities
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Minority SafePack: An initiative to protect European minorities

Activists carrying a box of signatures for the European Citizens’ Initiative. Photo courtesy of the Federal Union of European Nationalities. In the EU, home to over 500 million citizens, it is estimated that about 50 million people belong either to an autochthonous national or a language minority. Many of these struggle to have access to education and other public services in their mother tongue. That is what the Minority SafePack Initiative, launched by the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN), wants to change. Signed by over 1,1 million supporters, it proposes a package of legal proposals to protect minorities, their languages and cultures within the EU. Over 1 million Hungarians in Romania without a proper legal framework “The difficulties are not so much on a personal level as on the community level,” says Loránt Vincze, president of FUEN and a freshly elected member of the European Parliament, about his experience as a member of a Hungarian minority in Romania. “We are considered Romanian citizens, individually speaking the Hungarian language. This is a narrow-minded view, since the 1,300,000 Hungarians in Romania are not only individuals, but they sum up one of the biggest minority communities living in one country.” As […]

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