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Yesterday (5 december 2009), about five hundred persons met near Hungarian Parliament to remember failed referendum held on 5 december 2004 on dual citizenship. This meeting counted on the participation of MVSZ (Magyarok Világszövetség – World Federation of Hungarians) and Jobbik (Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom – Movement for a Better Hungary), politician party which has obtained 14,77 % of votes and 3 seats in the last European Parliament election held this year.

Csanád Szegedi, European Parliament Member of Jobbik, stated that if his party ruled the country would grant dual citizenship to all Hungarians living in neighbouring countries, even though this proposal was rejected in referendum of 2004, and would start a diplomatic offensive to set up autonomic bodies in areas inhabited by ethnic Hungarians.

Regardless of the effect of these statements, the right to grant dual citizenship based upon ethnic links without effective residence in the grantor State must be studied carefully by European Commission. Although this right is under the sovereignty of each State, the indiscriminate granting of this one could affect all European System because a lot of non EU citizens could gain access to EU via dual citizenship. In 2004, this matter could happen with about 2.5 million ethnic Hungarians living in Romania. This risk of EU distortion disappeared once Romania accessed EU in 2007, but this possibility still persists in other areas of Europe, like Romania in relation to Moldavians of Romanian ethnicity, or Hungary in connection with ethnic Hungarians living in Serb or Ukraine. This circumstance could mean the existence of a back door of entrance into EU for several million Europeans whose countries do not accomplish the accession requeriments yet, and therefore a fraud of Law, insofar as these countries would be accessing EU “de facto” even though their natural accession might take place in many years’ time.

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EurActiv Network