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Jun 05, 2018

Hungary marks National Cohesion Day

On June 4th every year, Hungarians mark the day of the signing of the Trianon Treaty in 1920, which stripped Hungary of two thirds of its territory and turned 3.3 million Hungarians into ethnic minorities living in foreign countries

The finance minister has said that the nation can only be rid of Trianon’s burden if we believe in Hungary's future. 

During a commemoration to mark National Cohesion Day, Mihály Varga said we will continue to work on becoming an up-and-coming nation with all our strength. 

On June 4th every year, Hungarians mark the day of the signing of the Trianon Treaty in 1920, which stripped Hungary of two thirds of its territory and turned 3.3 million Hungarians into ethnic minorities living in foreign countries. 

“In the 21st century, we have to strengthen the unity of the nation and not let defeatism or external pressure stop us from representing the interests of Hungarians,” Minister Varga said. 

The minister highlighted that the country continues on the road outlined in 2010, and follows policies truly serving the interests of Hungarians that are very different from the ones before the Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance came into power.

He stressed that Hungarians outside the borders have a special standing in that policy. 

The minister also pointed out that after recent years of economic success, the country is now facing new challenges that could endanger its existence - the migrant crisis. 

Parliamentary State Secretary Árpád János Potápi also participated in the memorial of the signing of the treaty. He said that confidence in national cohesion was the “strongest engine of survival” for ethnic Hungarians beyond the borders who, for decades, lived cut off from Hungary. 

“We Hungarians are building a united nation where everyone is eligible for citizenship and maternity benefits. A unity where education in the mother tongue is guaranteed to all and the survival of Hungarian schools in Transylvania or Transcarpathia is a common issue for all. A community whose members receive all the help to stay in the mother country,” Potápi said. 

The secretary added that to achieve this a stable mother country is needed that can secure the conditions needed for survival and Hungarian communities that have trust in the future. This is why 2018 is a year dedicated to Hungarian families at home and abroad, he concluded.