Oradea, Romania, September 2 (TASR-correspondent) – Relatively poorer countries from the eastern part of the EU should show stronger nations that only friendship, understanding, love and respect can save the Union, preventing such occurrences as Brexit, Slovak Parliamentary Chairman Andrej Danko said on Friday.
He was speaking in Oradea following a meeting with Chairman of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies Florin Iordache.
Danko said in Romania that he wants to introduce a tradition of meetings of national parliamentary chairs. “Our motto is preserving the identity of national parliaments and introducing closer communication with the European Parliament. The main task is preventing policies of disintegration from growing in the EU,” said Danko, adding that politicians’ duty is to bring European institutions closer to the public.
Danko also supported Romania’s bid to enter the Schengen Area.
Concerning the recent 72nd anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP), Danko thanked the Romanians for the sacrifices they made during WWII, and also praised them for still making it possible for the local ethnic Slovaks living in Romania to preserve their language and identity.
Meanwhile, Iordache pointed out that a representative of the Slovak minority is also in Romania’s Parliament. “This contributes towards preserving your language and traditions as well,” said Iordache.
Danko visited Romania on the occasion of Slovakia’s Constitution Day (September 1) and the ongoing Days of Slovaks Living Abroad. He also met Vladimir Skalsky, chairman of the World Association of Slovaks Living Abroad, and Member of the Romanian Chamber of Deputies representing the Slovak minority Adrian Miroslav Merka.