President of the Harghita County Council, Borboly Csaba, on Tuesday asked President Klaus Iohannis' support so that the Szeklerland no longer be regarded in Romania as "a problem region," and Hungarians no longer feel as some "stepchildren" of this country.
Borboly Csaba, who participated on Tuesday, alongside Romania's President, in the debate called "Coherence and transparency - examples of good practices in Harghita and Covasna Counties," talked in his speech about the problems that the county has and about the manner in which he believes that it (the county) could be better integrated into the social and economic life of Romania.
"Dear President, we would like not to feel like the stepchildren of the Romanian state. The issue of the traditional minorities right can not be the basis or the content of the current political interests and fights of this country. In the Alba Iulia Proclamation [adopted on 1 December 1918] clear, concrete and beneficial commitments to our communities were formulated in the area of national minorities rights. We believe that the Centenary will offer us a possibility that Romania fully fulfill these commitments that were taken 100 years ago," Borboly stated.
He called upon both President Klaus Iohannis and mass media to help diminish the feeling that the Szeklerland represents a problem in Romania.
Among the problems his county confronts with, he mentioned the demographic decline, which has become a phenomenon, adding that he requests support of central authorities so that the rural areas of Romania return to being attractive for youngsters.
He underscored that youngsters leave to study and most of the times they don't come back. He stated that, ensuring the optimum conditions for learning the mother tongue, but also the language of majority or some foreign languages has an important role in the training process of a competitive young person.
He referred also to the right of Hungarian communities to use the mother tongue and mentioned that "in respect to these issues of the minorities rights we could find very fast solutions based on a clear and willing dialogue."