The 16th session of the Hungarian Permanent Conference (MAERT) unanimously adopted its closing statement on Friday. The statement defines the Minority SafePack European citizens' initiative as a priority that the initiative calling upon the European Union to improve the protection of persons belonging to national and linguistic minorities and strengthen cultural and linguistic diversity in the Union should be supported with the most possible signatures in Hungary, its neighbouring countries and the Hungarian diaspora, Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjen told a press conference, MTI reported.
The participants also protested against the recently adopted Ukrainian education law that violated European norms by restricting minority education rights.
Semjen said MAERT unanimously rejected the recent proposal by Hungarian opposition DK leader Ferenc Gyurcsany that dual Hungarian citizens living in another country should be stripped of their voting rights in Hungary. Maert dedicated 2018 to ethnic Hungarian families living beyond the borders. It was also agreed that 2018 would be a memorial year for medieval Hungary's King Matthias Corvinus.