Hungary is responsible for Hungarians outside the border – the Prime Minister’s mandate dealing with the affairs of Hungarians living abroad was communicated to MTI on Sunday by telephone from Sweden, where he attended the general assembly of the Swedish National Association of Hungarians (SMOSZ) and presented four state awards.
Katalin Szili put it this way: all Hungarians matter, not only the people of the Carpathian Basin, but also the unification of the Hungarians living in the diaspora. Hungarians are already a world nation, Hungarian communities can be found in many parts of the world, and the government helps them to remain Hungarian, the Prime Minister emphasized.
He said that he would support the State Secretariat for National Policy, presenting it at the general meeting of SMOSZ, which brings together 27 organizations and has about 5,000 members.
He emphasized that SMOSZ contributes to the preservation of Hungarian identity in many of its educational and cultural activities, which also means that the young person learns Hungarian on weekends. He called it important that the identity, culture, language and traditions of the Hungarian community be preserved and passed on to the next generations.
Katalin Szili added: in addition to the motherland, the Hungarian community in Sweden also has members from Transylvania, the Highlands or Transcarpathia, and has also heard of those who move back to Hungary or whose children or grandchildren study in Hungary.
At the general meeting, Katalin Szili provided information about the Hungarian Bread and the Fifteen Million Wheat Grains program, which members of the Swedish community would like to get involved in, or about the Hungarian diaspora network project planned by the University of Pécs.
The Prime Minister’s Envoy reports that he also presented four donated state awards presented by President János Áder in the company of Adrien Müller, Hungary’s Ambassador to Stockholm.
Gábor Sebestyén, leader of the Hungarian Protestant Church Community in Sweden, Emese Feldötö and Sándor Feldötö, leader of the Hungarian House in Stockholm, received the Hungarian Golden Cross of Merit, while Szabolcs Bihari, president of SMOSZ, received the Hungarian Cross of Merit.
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