The mutual protection of minority rights in Hungary and Croatia is also exemplary in Europe, and the Hungarian-Croatian joint minority committee has a big role to play in this, Ferenc Kalmár, the Hungarian co-chairman of the board, said on Wednesday, according to the ministry.
At the press conference following the board’s meeting in Budapest, the ministerial special representative responsible for the development of Hungary’s neighborhood policy refers to the mutual and Croatian guarantee of minority rights as an exemplary and good practice in Europe.
He called the operation of the Pécs Croatian Theater a great achievement, the only other similar institution in the world outside of Croatia. Or
he touched on the creation of the Croatian House, also in Pécs, and also on the fact that a fifty-person dormitory was built for the Hungarian Education and Culture Center in Eszék, Croatia.
He added: the further development of educational institutions in Hungary and Croatia was also on the agenda at the current meeting. Ferenc Kalmár said that both governments pay a lot of attention to ensuring the retaining power of the homeland, so that members of national minorities do not leave the affected areas, which is why certain economic programs have also been launched.
In this regard, he welcomed the development of infrastructural connections, such as the creation of the Pécs-Pélmonostor-Eszék railway connection and the ongoing highway connection.
Finally, the Minister’s Special Envoy also touched upon the matters awaiting resolution,
for example, the placement problems of the headquarters of Endre Ady Magyar Kultúrkör in Zagreb, which turns 90 this year.
He also informed that they discussed a future project, in the framework of which a worthy memorial will be erected to St. Margaret of Árpád-háza in the place of her birth, in Klissa, not far from Split. Ferenc Kalmár received the Order of Merit of the Republic of Croatia for his achievements in the joint minority committee.