In the afternoon programme of the 2nd Visegrád Youth Conference the participants commemorated the movements of Euromaidan and they continued with the debate entitled Security policy challenges in the Visegrád states. The topic of the last speech of the day was the issue of minorities: the “bridge role”.
In the afternoon programme of the conference the participants commemorated the Euromaidan movement burst out exactly two days ago. “More of Europe, this is what Ukraine needs” – said Virginia Dronova, representative of Blok Petra Poroshenka Solydarnistthen she shared her experienceduring the protests.
In the first discussion of the afternoon, SzabolcsTakács, State Secretary for European Union affairs, LórántVincze, Vice-president of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and Dezső Szenkovics, lecturer at Sapientia EMTE delivered speeches in the panel Securitypolicy challenges in the Visegrád states.
It has been said that in this crisis context the EuropeanUnion would need solidarity, yet dissension prevails; after the Paris events Belgium also fears terrorist attacks and it would trigger frequent attacks; and is itdangerous to start a war as long as the internal problemsof the European states have not been clarified, yet.
All the speakers agreed that the V4 hasto be strengthened and continued. “The V4 cooperation has been strengthened lately because certain challenges have appeared such as terrorism that we haven’t counted on so far. Only cooperation can help; the aim isto defend what our ancestors fought for during centuries, defend the European values as they are in jeopardy. Human rights cannot prevail overhuman life!” – stressed SzabolcsTakács.
Dezső Szenkovicsdrew the attention on the following:“There is not only a physical but also a psychological war going on against the European Union. If we lose it and are afraid, we will give up on our rights lying at the basis of the Union only to defend ourselves”.
Lóránt Vincze said that it is difficult to see the issue of migration through Western European eyes: “there is something missing between the Western European migratory views, the declarations and reality”. “Besides the positive results: the decision of the UN Security Council about the war against ISIS, the joint will for action of the European states, thecommon voice of the Visegrád countries, but we can witness again an opposition between Eastern and Western Europe.The idea of the mini-Schengen arose some days ago, whichcan already be seen as a European identity crisis” – he stated.
The afternoon closed with the speech delivered by Pál Csáky and Csaba Sógor, European MP’s on State and nation in Central Eastern Europe; Minority issues– the “bridge role” .
Csaba Sógor said: a satisfied minority can only be beneficial for any country. “It is outstandingly important for the majorities and minorities to respect each other in any society. This has also advantages from the perspective of human rights, minority rights, security policy andeconomy if these communities can live together peacefully” – he emphasised.
“A normal politician will always strive to get stability in society but now this stability was ruined. AT present Europe does not have a head, and basically doesn’t know what it wants. The member states play their own game without a joint vision.The relations have to be rethought but I trust that Europe will be able to solve its current problems” – deems Pál Csáky.