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Zsolt Németh, the head of parliament’s foreign affairs committee, called for a “strong Hungarian representation” in the next European Parliament, which he said was crucial in achieving autonomy for the Szekler Land in Romania . Speaking at an event marking the Day of Szekler Freedom in Budapest’s Heroes Square, Németh referred to a recent European court ruling, under which the European Commission is obliged to consider a proposal submitted by the Szekler National Council aimed at increased European focus on ethnic minorities. Németh called the ruling a “historic victory” and called on Hungarian voters across the borders to turn up at the upcoming European parliamentary elections. He called it “unacceptable” that “the discrimination ethnic Hungarian communities have been suffering from for some 100 years is maintained and financed from European Union funds” and called for “firm action” against that tendency.