Between 19-22 November 2015 Fidelitas and MIÉRT organized together the 2nd Visegrád Youth Conference. The meeting held in Cluj-Napoca focused on strengthening Central and Eastern European identity and cooperation.The over one hundred participants from eight countries participated in many quality lectures. The young leaders also signed a joint declarationin which they urge the cooperation between local governments and minorities.
On the opening ceremony held on Thursday the participants were greeted by Lajos Mile, Consul General of Hungary in Cluj-Napoca, László Böröcz, President of Fidelitas, Lóránt Antal. President of MIÉRT and Imre Geréd, local councillor, Executive Vice-president for youth affairs of DAHR, then on the following day by Emil Boc, Mayor of Cluj-Napoca. On the three-day meeting the speeches were held by Zsolt Németh, President of the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the Hungarian Parliament, Gyula Winkler, Csaba Sógor and Pál Csáky European MP’s, Szabolcs Takács, State Secretary for European Union affairs and Lóránt Vincze, Vice-president of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) among others.
On Friday the leaders of 18 youth organizations adopted a joint declaration comprising seven points, urging the cooperation between local governments and minorities especially in the field of the mother tongue use in education.They also emphasized that the minorities should be regarded as a resource and not a threat. The document expresses their will to cooperate in matters concerning the Central European regionas well as the irintention to submit the declaration to the presidents of their respective states and the youth organization of the European People’s Party, YEPP.
Lóránt Antal, President of MIÉRT said about the conference: “We came to the end of a successful conference. The V4+ initiative was enhanced by the venue of the meeting in Cluj-Napocaas it has become obvious that we, as Transylvanian Hungarians can take on the role of the bridge among the Central European countries.It is also important to highlight that Fidelitas and MIÉRT have organized this conference together; there was no joint cooperation of this kind in the past years. Based on the participants’ feedback we can assert that many new relations were built, starting thus the process of joint thinking and cooperation.We, as young politicians have to carry on this process in the future, too.”