In a high-level debate with EU Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli, ECR VP Anna Magyar underlined the need to support disabled people and national and linguistic minorities more effectively.
"Europe's 87 million disabled people must never be treated as second-class citizens. They must enjoy the same rights to work and live in the EU as any citizen. Hungary has taken significant steps to improve the quality of life through independent living and social integration of people with disabilities. We are also proud of the great achievements of our Paralympic athletes".
Magyar, Csongrád-Csanád County Council Member, expressed regret that despite the success of the European Citizens’ Initiative of the Minority Safepack, the European Commission refused to put the issue of indigenous national minorities on the agenda and initiate legislation. The initiative – having gathered more than 1.2 million signatures in 11 Member States – sought to strengthen the rights of linguistic and national minorities across Europe by a number of concrete proposals.
In this regard, the ECR Vice-President urged for the rights of indigenous national and linguistic minorities to be defended: "National and linguistic minorities are also minorities – it is crucial for the European Union to demonstrate that it does not interpret the provisions of the treaties selectively, and does not discriminate specific minorities".