Resolution on EU-level Citizens’ Initiative

Having in mind, that Szeklerland’s residents, expressed through referendum their demand for Szeklerland’s autonomy, and that in light of this, it is in Szeklerland’s interest to adopt a Union act, which encourages/obliges the member states to acknowledge the right to self determination of all indigenous communities living on their territory, and the special legal status of the territories they inhabit,

Having in mind, that the member states of the European Union have undertaken a number of commitments that protect the collective self-identity of these regions, and the national traditions rooted in their history,

Having in mind, that on February 2008, in Sepsiszentgyorgy, the Szekler National Council decided to initiate an EU-wide legislation “concerning the rights of indigenous people and ethnic groups living in the European Union, in particular, their right to self determination”, a legislation that must be based on recommendations 1201/1993, 1334/2003, 1811/2007 of the Council of Europe, the European Charter of Regional Autonomy and the European Parliament’s decision concerning EU citizenship, adopted on November 21, 1991 and must treat the recognition of all individual and collective rights recognized by the EU’s member states, as international standards,

In sight of the Szekler National Council’s resolutions, adopted in Budapest, on the 19th of November 2010,

Considering that article 11, section 4 of the Treaty of the European Union states, that “Not less than one million citizens who are nationals of a significant number of Member States may take the initiative of inviting the European Commission, within the framework of its powers, to submit any appropriate proposal on matters where citizens consider that a legal act of the Union is required for the purpose of implementing the Treaties”.

Taking into account the standards of Regulation number 211/2010/EU concerning citizens’ initiative, adopted by the European Parliament and Council on February 16 2011 (furthermore referred to as “the regulation”),

The Szekler National Council decides

  1. It intends to live with the possibility of EU level citizens’ initiative, in order to achieve the recognition in an EU level legal act the right to self determination of those communities in EU member states, having specific national characteristics, traditions and possessing particular regional or national identity, and the right of the regions inhabited by these communities to gain special legal status.
  1. After the regulation’s coming into force, based on it’s soon to be established partnerships, the Szekler National Council, in cooperation with it’s potential allies, will form the citizens’ committee mentioned in article 3, section 2 of the Regulation, and authorize it to exercise the powers granted to it by the Regulation, respecting the principles laid down in this resolution, and the other declarations adopted on this very day.
  1. Instructs the Standing Committee of the Szekler National Council, to urge the competent public authorities of EU member states, especially those of Romania, to take the necessary measures to implement the regulation, respecting the prescribed time limits.

The Szekler National Council
Marosvásárhely, June the 3rd, 2011.

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