August 3rd, 2017

HR minister commemorates Roma Holocaust victims

The human resources minister marked the anniversary of the Roma Holocaust and called it an obligation to commemorate and talk about victims and heroes of the events of 1944/45. Speaking on the occasion of Roma Holocaust Day, Zoltán Balog said that “studying and confronting the past is not only important to acknowledge the crime and take responsibility but also to look toward the future”. Hungary is proud of its Roma heroes, whether they were Holocaust victims, freedom fighters in the anti-Soviet uprising in 1956 or supported Hungarians in Romania in 1989, he said.

Referring to his recent remarks associated with Romania’s Hungarian-speaking Roma, Balog said the ethnic Hungarian community in Romania and the Hungarian government need to find ways to help them. He argued that this would “create a resource out of what is not yet a resource”. The government considers Hungary’s Roma community an asset and “handles their fate as a European cause”, he said. The EU “is seeking to reallocate funds we have won for the Roma, and spend those funds on the integration of migrants”, Balog insisted. “I trust that Europe will have enough strength to help those who really belong to us, those people who have been European citizens for centuries,” he added.

Visit www.hungarymatters.hu to receive Hungarian news agency MTI’s twice-daily newsletter.
Share
Please note that due to a large volume of trolling and false abuse flags, we are currently only accepting comments from logged-in users.
  • The EU “is seeking to reallocate funds we have won for the Roma, and spend those funds on the integration of migrants”, Balog insisted

    As proven repeatedly – those funds are used spent on a few pro-Fidesz Roma politicians and not on the ethnic Roma population in Hungary and Romania.

    On the other hand – why should citizens from other EU member states pay for “those people who have been European citizens for centuries”?
    Non-Roma Hungarian citizens are not to be trusted with money/priorities, so EU-funds are still needed after centuries of integration?

All content © 2004-2015 The All Hungary Media Group. Articles, comments and other information on the All Hungary Media Group's network of sites are provided "as is" without guarantees, warranties, or representations of any kind, and the opinions and views expressed in such articles and columns are not necessarily those of the All Hungary Media Group.