- When a community asks or requests for some rights, they refer to the enlargement of the possibilities of the respective community, but this would not and should not harm the rights of others – declared Markó Béla DAHR president at the press conference held in Bucharest on Monday. In his speech, he pointed on the declarations sustained at the manifestations organized by the Romanian civil organizations of Harghita, Covasna and Mures County, on last weekend in Toplita. The president of the Alliance added, this principle is effective in this situation as well, since the use of the mother tongue and the expansion of the rights of the native language education would not harm the rights of the Romanian community.
The DAHR president pointed, it is not about the entire territory of the state, but the regions where a large, other language speaking community is living, “we have to take into consideration to declare the other language as official, beside the Romanian.” He added, in some situations the Hungarian language has already an official status: tablets with the names of the localities, or that of the institutions, or the meetings of the local or county councils in Hungarian language. “In these situations the use of Hungarian language is natural, so we can ask the enlargement of its usage.”
Regarding the Romanian community of Szeklerland – living in minority – the DAHR president underlined, that the politicians should be engaged with the protection its rights. The law on education, prescribing the positive discrimination and the financing of the communities living in minority in a certain region, and the schools with a reduced number of students, should refer to the Romanians of Harghita and Covasna counties as well.
Markó Béla heavily criticized the Romanian politicians who took part at the manifestation of Toplita last weekend. “I consider it extremely dangerous, that a politician of the young generation tries to take over a nationalist rhetoric, which was believed to be outworn.” – stated the president of the Alliance, related to the speech of the PSD president Victor Ponta. He added, the Social Democratic Party is extremely wrong considering that with a rhetoric like that it is still possible to gather votes or popularity in Transylvania. “In Transylvania, as in any other part of Romania those are popular and able to gather votes who develop and present a political program aiming the infrastructural development, modernization and implementation of European views.” “This is what Transylvanians expect from the politicians.” – He added. “We, Transylvanians, know for some time that we have to cross this nationalist rhetoric. Even at this moment we are trying to draw the conclusions of the tragic events of March 1990, of Targu Mures.”
Answering the question of a journalist regarding the constitutional dispositions Markó Béla stated that even if the prime minister declared that the constitutional paragraph stating that the Romanian language is the only official language of Romania, all paragraphs could be modified. He added, that for him it was absurd from the beginning that the constitution adopted in 1990 stipulated that some paragraph would never be able to be changed, for any of the future generations.
The adoption of the law on education is of primary importance – declared Markó Béla, adding that he hopes that the bill will be adopted by the end of this parliamentary session. He stated, that the draft law adopted at the cabinet meeting in Iasi last week presents a guarantee for the upcoming reform in this specific area. At the same time, the president of the alliance praised the work of the minister of education and its ministry aiming a real decentralization, based on decentralized decisions and financing. The local authorities, together with a council formed by teachers and parents, will take all decisions regarding schools and educational institution.