The Forum of Hungarian Lawmakers in the Carpathian Basin (KMKF) called on the Hungarian parliament and government to declare 2020 a year of national cohesion in its closing statement. In line with House Speaker László Kövér’s proposal, the statement called on parliament to make all decisions in its power so that “the nation may remember the tragedy of [the post-WWI] Trianon [peace treaty] in a worthy manner and … draw strength to preserve its identity.” The document welcomed that the Hungarian government has declared 2019 the year of Hungarian children born abroad.
It also said that a strong representation of the Carpathian Basin in the European Parliament can keep the issues important for the community on the agenda. The KMKF expressed unanimous support for the Minority SafePack, an initiative to protect indigenous minorities within the EU. The KMKF finds the curbing of acquired rights of ethnic minorities “unacceptable”, and expresses solidarity with Transcarpathia’s Hungarian community sticking to its long-standing system of mother-tongue education. The widest possible range of self-governance is the best way to ensure the long-term existence and prosperity of ethnic minorities, it said. The forum welcomed the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis to Şumuleu Ciuc (Csíksomlyó), a traditional pilgrimage site for Hungarians in Romania, as a historic event for Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin, KMKF said in its closing statement.