Hungary’s new parliament passed a law declaring June 4, the 90th anniversary of the Trianon Peace Treaty, a national day of remembrance, at its session on Monday.
The law on the Day of National Cohesion, was passed with 302 votes in favour, 55 against and 12 abstentions.
Parliament declares that “each and every member, as well as community of Hungarians brought under the authority of other states, are part of the united Hungarian nation, the cohesion of which is a reality beyond state borders, and, as such, a determining component of their personal and community-based self-identity.”
The Socialists, who voted against the law, support the cause of national cooperation but object to the practice adopted by the governing parties, Socialist MP Istvan Hiller told MTI, adding that the government majority has rejected all his party’s proposals for adjustments to the bill.
The Socialists had proposed removing a passage that they said would discriminate against non-religious people, and that the bill should clearly declare that goals are not to be achieved through border revision, he said.
The radical nationalist party Jobbik hailed the law as a great success, crowning its related efforts over the past eight years, MP Marton Gyongyosi told reporters.
Gyongyosi, who is deputy chair of the committee of foreign and ethnic Hungarian minority affairs, stressed the need to raise awareness of national cohesion and demonstrate national unity in education.