On Friday morning the 2nd Visegrád Youth Conference the participants were welcome by Zsolt Németh, President of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Hungarian Parliament, Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Márton Tonk, Dean of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania and Geréd Imre, Executive Vice-president for youth affairs of DAHR.
In the lecture hall of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca was the first to welcome the participants. He emphasized that Cluj-Napoca is at present the European Youth Capital of Culture and home to almost one hundred thousand students.This ensures the economic, cultural and academic development of the city.
“Our city is a small scale European Union, Cluj-Napoca can become a home for everyone. It is true that we cannot exceed Bucharest in number but in terms of living standards Cluj-Napoca is the first in Romania. We can believe that we can become the capital of the country”.
Márton Tonk, Dean of Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania welcomed the mayor in particular who visited the building for the first time. He thanked Zsolt Németh that we can enjoy and be here in this building and he called him one of the founding fathers of the Faculty of Cluj-Napoca of Sapientia University.
Finally he expressed his pride that many graduates of the Faculty of Cluj-Napoca of Sapientia University are young people who have become important actors in public life.
Zsolt Németh, President of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Hungarian Parliament welcomed the initiative of MIÉRT and Fidelitas in the sense of trying to build Central European cooperationon youth level. “We would like to see a strong Central Europe and it is important for all of us to be strong both as communities and as component partsin it.”
He answered to the participants’ question that “the future of depends on with the defence of the outer borders of Europe. In order to have a functional Schengen area, we have to defend our outer borders”.
Fidelitas and MIÉRT shall organize together the 2nd Visegrád Youth Conference in Cluj-Napoca between 19-22 November 2015. The main topic of the conference is the consolidation of Central Eastern European identity and cooperation. Over one hundred participants from eight countries shall take part in the event.