On the 13th of May, a large majority in the Romanian Parliament voted for the 4th of June, the day the Treaty of Trianon was signed in 1920, to become a national day in Romania. The Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) voted against the proposal, the Save Romania Union abstained, while all other parties voted in favour. This was the latest in a series of anti-Hungarian initiatives carried out in Parliament over the past few weeks.
The said law was proposed by two members of the Social Democratic Party, Titus Corlățean (former Minister of Foreign Affairs) and Șerban Nicolae. Corlățean has been known to make statements directed against Hungary and Hungarians in general in the past, and this law is likely to be a reaction to the fact that Hungary declared 2020 the year of national unity.
„What happened a hundred years ago is understandably cause for great joy for the Romanian nation, while for the Hungarian nation and Hungarians in Romania it is an enormous loss and cause for sadness. The majority always has a responsibility for the minority. In our case, the Romanian majority has a responsibility for the Hungarian minority in Romania. Romania became richer not only by acquiring the territory of Transylvania, but also through us, our cultural heritage and our past. Under what circumstances a minority lives, how they feel in their homeland, is first and foremost dependent on the majority population. A strong and confident majority without remorse never flaunts its power, does not purposefully create situations, in which others feel humiliated, are mocked and stigmatized” – underlined Hunor Kelemen, the president of RMDSZ.
In his address to Parliament, Hunor Kelemen declared, among other things: the competition started by President Klaus Iohannis three weeks ago, in which Romanian representatives in Parliament are outbidding each-other in anti-Hungarian rhetoric and measures, and thinking that by doing so they have solved the problems faced by Romania, is not over yet.
As Erika Benkő, Member of Parliament (RMDSZ) and the leader of the Mikó Imre Minority Rights Legal Services Assistance pointed out, although several speakers emphasized that this decision is not aimed against minorities, and they only wish to strengthen the historical significance of the event, it is her belief that the said law is wholly unnecessary, moreover extremely harmful, because it does not serve to heal national traumas, and that we should concentrate on the future, instead of the past.