Csaba Borboly “incendiarised” in the EU Camp

Youth unemployment has been discussed in Sub Cetate

– Young people should call the politicians to account, including myself, and check whether we work for at least eight hours a day meaningfully, what every voter knows and considers important! – encouraged his audience Csaba Borboly, president of Harghita County Council, in this year’s EU Camp held in Sub Cetate on Saturday, July 30th when discussing the topic on youth employment. Reacting to the questions related to the results of the high school leaving examinations, he said that there are many politicians holding positions at local, county or national level, including DAHR, and we should ask whether they do what it takes to avoid any devastating results in the future at the secondary and high school leaving results year after year, or every two years this problem becomes a public talking point then everybody forgets it. According to Csaba Borboly, the attention focusing on the problems of the youth could be raised by creating the position of government youth specialist which ”depends only on a signature”, that is, on the decision of the locally elected -even DAHR- leader. It depends only on the will of the politician holding the given position at the government if upon announcing a job they seek persons only with experience, with a few years of service or they give a chance as well to beginners. Harghita County Council is always advertising jobs and is looking as well for young people seeking their first job, furthermore, it also provides possibility to gain experience through its trainee program – explained the president of the county.

During the discussion moderated by Szilárd Péter Kelemen, MIÉRT presidency member – leader of the government cabinet – Csaba Borboly presented more ideas, proposals for the implementation of which Harghita County Council is prepared to cooperate with the youth organisations. According to the county president, it is not true that there is nothing more that could be done at local and county level. There are many great measures that could be taken, there are many programs that could be launched. He presented some of the initiatives of the county council which „were not attacked by the prefect’s office”. He said that for every measure affecting the youth the pressure, cooperation and work of youth organisations are needed since decisions of this sort make sense only this way. (The document containing the proposals is available on the Facebook-page of the county president: https://www.facebook.com/borbolycsaba/posts/1028406027206780:0)

They would like to deal most prominently with the repatriation of the youth and try to keep them in the country. He also addressed the issue of career guidance and the problem that, however, there are good paying jobs for beginners in the country, even with a net salary of RON 2000 and in case of a few years of perseverance with possibility of promotion, yet young people go abroad where many times they accept jobs without possibility of promotion and they cannot develop. The topic needs to be addressed more, he stated.

The participants to the discussion were interested mainly in the youth projects of the county council. Responding to the questions, Csaba Borboly said that much more attention should be paid to the preparation of the documentation because they received many incorrect applications from youth organisations and encouraged the young applicants to define more clearly the objectives because, for example, he cannot see the reason of financing a mobile phone throwing competition (one year they received such application). He explained that they would like to raise the total budget but any funding makes sense only if the organisations fight for it, if the projects reflect the young leaders’ „drops of sweat” and they submit their applications in line with the youth strategy adopted by Harghita County Council as its targeted measure. The county president underlined that only the conscious tendering makes sense which guarantees the development of young people’s personality, assuming responsibility for the community and serves the enforcement of interests of the generation mentioned. He told that he considers necessary to particularly support organising bigger camps, festivals in the county but only if these are based on a well-thought concept.

To the question of the participants if he supports the candidates of MIÉRT if they are included on the lists of senators or MPs at the parliamentary elections in autumn, as former MIÉRT leader, Csaba Borboly said that he does not believe in appointing somebody to a high position only because he is young or belongs to a certain organisation. Young people must earn every position, they have to walk along the way. As youth leader he helped the career of many young people, even to the office of government minister, and today he thinks that he made many mistakes when the only criterion was the affiliation to MIÉRT because any political position is only worth what someone would get out of it with meaningful work. “I am not really familiar with a law, government measure from the last decade or at least an effort that would address young people” – he stated, therefore, he asked MIÉRT to support young people who undertake tasks in advance and have ideas at least for the young generation.

Youth leaders talked in the EU Camp about this year’s local government elections and the forthcoming parliamentary elections

Imre Geréd, Executive Vice-president for youth affairs of DAHR, Lőrinc Nacsa, president of IKSZ, Szilárd Péter Kelemen, leader of MIÉRT’s government cabinet, and Csenge Frunda, vice-president of MIET (Youth Council of Mureş County) shared during the youth round-table the experience of the campaign period preceding the local government elections held on June 5, 2016. Szilárd Péter Kelemen wanted to involve the youth before organizing the campaign and the local governments of DAHR were open to it. “Together with Lóránt Antal and Szilárd Péter Kelemen I went on a tour where we sat down with the regional presidents of DAHR and we tried to persuade them to leave room as well for the young people”- said Imre Geréd. “We achieved that they took us seriously” – he continued.

“We had an exciting campaign; we had no idea what we were getting into. We invested much effort to win those young people who would assume a role in public life. With hard work and good working people you can achieve something extraordinary”, stated Csenge Frunda. In the end, they did not win the elections in Târgu Mureş but they make an all-out effort for the next challenge. Preceded by another campaign series, there will be parliamentary elections in Romania. The EU Camp participants could find out the opinion of the speakers about why it is important that somebody represents the Hungarians, the youth. „It is important that MIÉRT has an MP candidate since we need somebody to represent our interests in Parliament.” stated Imre Geréd. According to Szilárd Péter, the task of an MP is to fight for a common cause and for us, for the young voters it is important that we exercise our voting right in order to send to the parliament an MP who stands up for our rights.

What does community mean for a sportsman?

On Saturday, the series of presentations in the EU camp started with a conversation where Sarolta Borzási, member of MIÉRT’s cabinet for foreign affairs, interviewed biathlete Éva Tófalvi about sport and community life.  Éva Tófalvi was born in Miercurea Ciuc and is a Transylvanian Hungarian biathlete competing for Romania. She found out only two weeks prior to her first Olympics that she was chosen out of many other athletes. As she said she could not sleep for three days for the joy. Sportsmen do not live an ordinary life. According to her, sportsmen live in a shell that protects them from all external threats. Due to many competitions she had to travel a lot but she did not have too much time for sightseeing. “When you are there you are so much absorbed in the competition that you have no time for a walk. “As sportsmen gradually stop this way of life, they fall out of the shell and due to this a sort of emptiness develops in their lives. According to her, community building has always been important to her; therefore, she compensated this emptiness after quitting professional sport by joining the women organization of DAHR. In the future she would like to found a sport club where she would help athletes to get back into the everyday life after their career ends. The speaker highlighted the importance of the youth’s involvement in public life. She thinks that only the young generation can ensure changes.

Public spaces in Transylvania

On the third day of the 13th EU Camp, the audience heard about the importance and operation of public spaces. Tibor Kovács and Levente Szilágyi talked about The House coworking space in Miercurea Ciuc, while Konrád Gergely Rés, president of KMDSZ about K+ public space. They said that these spaces are more and more popular and could be significantly useful both for natural persons, organizations and companies.

The House in Miercurea Ciuc was launched after a survey. The concept is that workers who can carry out their work via internet and by using a productive space, would be able to escape from possibly bothering effects of their home or coffee shops. In terms of infrastructure, this new space consists only of the basic necessities of furniture, coffee and internet, however, the real purpose of the space, that is, to create interaction and discussion will between people who work there, has already been achieved. Although, the long-term purpose of such spaces is to gain profit out of rents, Tibor Kovács, Levente Szilágyi and their co-founders still assess the situation as the investments stage. This is why it was a positive thing that radio stations, TV stations, online and print press greatly supported the initiative.

K+ community space located under the centre of Cluj-Napoca has become very popular according to Konrád Gergely Rés. The space hosting mostly events organized by companies such as meetings and press conferences, offers opportunities also for organizing events. The priority of K+ community space will be to strengthen the users-natural persons and coworking character.