A public hearing on EU citizenship took place at the meeting of the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs on 19 February. At the hearing, academics and experts on EU citizenship and fundamental rights linked to EU citizenship, including minority rights, expressed their views, and there was also an exchange of views concerning EU citizenship.

Balázs Tárnok, PhD candidate at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, also attended the hearing on MEP Pál Csáky’s recommendation, and stressed in his speech that the Member States of the European Union need to pay particular attention to the protection of traditional national minorities and the European Union should have high expectations in this regard. The rapporteurs agreed that the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the Charter for Regional or Minority Languages adopted by the Council of Europe in the European Union legal order can provide adequate legal protection for traditional national minorities.

Special attention was given at the public hearing to the resolution adopted by the European Parliament in February on protection and non-discrimination with regard to minorities  in the EU Member States.
(Minority Report, 1-2/18, www.felvidek.ma, 20 Feb 2018)