Open letter to the President of the European Union.
Jean-Claude Juncker The President is the head of the European Commission Rue de la Loi / Wetstraat 170 B-1049 Bruxelles/Brussel Belgique/België
Dear Mr Jean-Claude Juncker, President!
As a Hungarian and EU citizen we – using your rights deriving from your position – would like to ask you to initiate at the competent organs the revision of your resolution of last year in which the Altus Zrt, the company of Mr Ferenc Gyurcsány, former prime minister of Hungary obtained the control of the development politics as well as the analysis of the planning documents of the period between 2014-2020 of the EU countries, and Hungary among them.
The rationale behind of our request is as follows:
- The CEO of the Altus Zrt, owned 100% by Mr Ferenc Gyurcsány, is Ms Klára dobrev, wife of the former socialist prime minister, Mr Ferenc Gyurcsány. The owner is currently member of the opposing party in the Hungarian parliament, president of the Democratic Coalition. We the civilians think that the company managed by a politician being currently in the opposition is a potential candidate for the prime minister position of 2018 and his publicly acting wife is not suitable for the objective and professional work required by the contract.
- We the civilians think that Mr Ferenc Gyurcsány intends to enforce his own political interests through the Altus Zrt. when he is analysing the development-political decisions and preparing reports being assigned by the European Council.
- Finally we would like to draw the attention of the President of the European Union that two representatives of the company manager’s and party leader’s party, that is the Democratic Coalition, are sitting in the European Parliament. Mr Péter Niedermüller and Mr Csaba Molnár who are members of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats [S&D]. In this way certain doubts may arise concerning that while the Altus Zrt – as a leading company – is managing the consulting and analysing work covering the 28 countries, the political interests of the Democratic Coalition participating also in the Union’s politics and the political interests of the leftist fraction of the S&D may infiltrate into the professional work.
We are kindly asking you to investigate the possibility of incompatibility and thinking over the unfortunate situation that through this assignment a certain political group of interests is getting into an exclusive position when controlling the development politics cycle, suspend the assignment!
We are wishing you strength and health for your work!
Chairman of the board of trustees
Thank Hungary for promoting family at the UN!
UPDATE: On March 10, we delivered 22,664 signatures to the Hungarian Secretary of State for Family Katalin Novák and Hungarian Ambassador to the United Nations Katalin Bogyay! They were impressed by the massive outpouring of grassroots support for their work to protect the family at the United Nations.
Hungary has taken an important role in promoting marriage and life at the United Nations… and they deserve our thanks!
On Friday, December 5, CitizenGO joined Hungary at the United Nations to sponsor the Political Network for Values’ Transatlantic Summit on the role of the family in sustainable global development!
Mr. Zoltan Balog, the Hungarian Minister for Human Capacities, told participants that “family is the most important national resource of Hungary.” He said that the Hungarian constitution is committed to marriage between one man and one woman, since it is the best structure for children.
Mr. Balog also told the Summit that Hungary is working to defend the personhood of all human beings, from the moment of conception. He quoted from the new Hungarian constitution, which says: “Human dignity shall be inviolable. The fetus shall be protected from the moment of conception.”
This was a major international victory, as we were able to join Hungary in bringing together so many policy-makers who support family and life! It was a breath-taking success!
More than 60 parliamentarians from 20 countries in Africa, South America, North America, and Europe came together to sign the “Declaration on the Rights of the Family,” which affirms that “family is the natural and fundamental unit of society” and that “everyone has the inherent right to life, commencing from the moment of conception until natural death.”
Hungary’s support for marriage and personhood was vital! In fact, they delivered the Declaration to the U.N. Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon!
Will you join CitizenGO in extending a warm thanks to the Hungarian Mission to the United Nations? Their stand for the family deserves to be recognized. Sign the petition to send a “thank you” to their Ambassador to the U.N., Minister Balog, and the Hungarian Secretary of State.
Read a report on the successful Transatlantic Summit here: http://www.aleteia.org/en/world/article/60-parliamentarians-from-20-countries-adopt-pro-family-declaration-at-un-5813128805744640
Please stop UK proposals for germline genetic modification of human embryos and the creation of 3-parent children.
The human embryo is one of us from the moment of conception and as such is worthy of absolute respect.
We urge your Government and all worldwide to reject outright any attempts to authorize in any form whatsoever germline genetic modification of the human embryo, but specifically in this instance the proposals in the United Kingdom to create 3-parent embryos.
Highly controversial proposals currently before the United Kingdom’s Parliament would permit combining in-vitro germline genetic material from two maternal sources in order to create a new kind of human embryo.
It is argued by proponents that creating genetically modified babies would be a solution to the occurrence of a disease transmitted in the mitochondria of an affected woman.
Opposition to these proposals has come from across the world from both secular and faith-based organizations and we urge you to read the following explanation as to why these proposals must be universally prohibited.
- None of the proposed techniques represents a cure for mitochondrial disease which will continue to appear randomly at birth. These techniques would only be applied to families already identified as being at risk of conceiving a baby with mitochondrial disease.
- The current proposals represent in no way whatsoever attempts to cure the condition in existing babies, but rather involve the creation of a completely new kind of human embryo whose genetic composition would be determined by using material from two maternal progenitor sources.
- The woman donating the healthy mitochondria would provide identifiable genetic material – no matter how minimal – to the embryo produced and the offspring would (at least in the case of one technique) have three biological parents.
- The proposed techniques are unequivocally germline genetic modification (unlike post-natal therapies such as blood or organ donation) and as such, changes made would be passed on to future generations with completely unknown consequences.
- At least one technique is in effect a cloning technique, thereby opening the door to full reproductive cloning, which is universally prohibited.
- Serious safety issues associated with the mitochondrial transfer and modification of the mammalian egg have already been identified in published studies. The last time one of the techniques was tried in humans, it resulted in an abortion and two stillbirths.
- Animal experiments in this field have shown decreased survival, inhibited growth and other horrifying abnormalities.
- A further consideration is harm to the women used as egg donors, as the procedure requires aggressive ovarian stimulation, which can lead amongst other complications to ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome which can be fatal.
- Modification of human eggs or early embryos for procreation using heritable interventions is widely prohibited in such international declarations and conventions as:
- The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Universal Declaration on the Human Genome and Human Rights which indicates in Article 24 that ‘germ-line interventions’ could be considered as practices which are ‘contrary to human dignity”.
- The Council of Europe’s Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine which indicates in Article 13 that “an intervention seeking to modify the human genome may only be undertaken for preventive, diagnostic or therapeutic purposes and only if its aim is not to introduce any modification in the genome of any descendants”.
- The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union which indicates in Article 3 that “In the fields of medicine and biology (…) the prohibition of eugenic practices, in particular those aiming at the selection of persons, must be respected”.
Petition for the Szekler autonomy
Let us stand for our brothers and demand from the European Parliament to put the case of the Szekler autonomy on the agenda. The Civil Union Forum (CÖF) asks in favour of these goals his fellow travelers and in particular the members of the Intellectual Patriotic Movements to back with their signature our petition addressed to the European Parliament. We hope that the crowd of signers will deter the carping of EU politics lobbying against our national cases and the parliament will discuss the question of autonomy. The preparation of the petition was undertaken by Zoltán Bagó, People’s Party Member of Parliament, member of the Petition Expert Committee of the European Parliament, FIDESZ politician, which we thank hereby.
The signers of the petition demand that the European Parliament should discuss the claim of the Transylvanian Hungarian minority – especially that of the inhabitants of the ethnically homogenous Hargita, Kovászna and Maros counties – to create a uniform region. The signers would like to draw the attention of the members of the European Parliament that the creation and maintenance of peace between member states was one of the basic thoughts of EU. But it should be seen clearly that there are communities living in most European states who have an identity different from that of the majority. In order to arrange this situation and source of conflict, in most countries concerned, the institution of autonomy is by now introduced and applied. It is the conviction of the European Parliament – we quote – “the positive experiences of the autonomic regions can serve as an inspiring source during the search for possibilities aiming to solve the internal political conflict”.
According to the signers’ opinion, the autonomy does not menace at any circumstances the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the state assuming it. The European Union, being so proud of her subsidiarity and pluralism, cannot afford to apply double measure in the question of autonomy, while helping the formation and development of autonomous regions in old member states, oppose them in new ones. We consider double measure especially revolting, regarding the fact that the Hungarian minority is an autochthon historical community in Transylvania. We expect the European Parliament members to push the Rumanian government to respect the rights of the Hungarian community in favour of reservation of the administrative unity of the Szekler territory and the formation of an autonomous region there.
We further expect Rumania to be called upon to fulfill her international and EU legal pledge.
The Civil Union Forum, the Intellectual Patriotic Movement and the Company for the Szeklers’land wish to handle the petition to the representative of the European Parliament and the Rumanian Embassy after the demonstration organized by the Szeklers’ Great March of 27. October and the parallel demonstration in Budapest organized by CÖF and the Company for the Szeklers’land. The solidarity procession and demonstration will take place 27. October 2013. Gathering will be on Heroes’ Square between 10 and 11 am., we will march from there on Dózsa György Street and Ajtósi Dürer Alley to the building of the Rumanian Embassy on Thököly Street, where the demonstration will begin at noon.
In the name of Civil Unity Forum (CÖF), The Intellectual Patriotic Movement and The Company for the Szeklers’land:
Izabella Bence, founding spokeswoman of CÖF
László Csizmadia, founding spokesman of CÖF, creator of The Intellectual Patriotic Movement and
Árpád-György Mózes, president of The Company for the Szeklers’land