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Aug 01, 2018

The last obstacle has been removed from the EU’s Minority SafePack, says government official

“This is a great success concerning the rights of the continent’s indigenous minorities,” Potápi said

A government official has said the last obstacle has been removed from the European Union’s Minority SafePack.

Árpád János Potápi, state secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, said the last obstacle to be removed came after the scheme received more the one million supportive signatures. “This is a great success concerning the rights of the continent’s indigenous minorities,” Potápi said.

Potápi expressed thanks to the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ), which launched the initiative and Hungary’s Rákóczi Association, which coordinated the action in Hungary.

According to MTI, the Minority SafePack initiative includes proposals for the protection and promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity. The organizers had until April 3rd to collect at least one million supporting signatures.

FUEN said on Monday that national authorities in all 28 EU member states have verified the signed statements of support and validated a total number of 1,128,385 signatures.

It has also certified that the Minority SafePack Initiative managed to reach the national threshold in 11 member states, including Romania, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Latvia, Spain, Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania and Italy.