Ethnic Russians applied for national minority status

Monday, February 19, 2018

The National Election Commission (NVB) has verified the application of ethnic Russians for national minority status.

According to the Act on Nationalities, an ethnic group with distinct language, culture and tradition can apply for minority status if compared to the rest of the population it forms a minority and has been residing in the territory of Hungary for at least a century.

Currently, 13 nationalities have been recognized in Hungary as minorities including: Bulgarian, Greek, Croatian, Polish, German, Armenian, Roma, Rumanian, Ruthenian, Serbian, Slovakian, Slovenian and Ukrainian.

As a first step, the applicant must submit an application to be recognized as minority group - the National Election Commission reviews the application to see whether it meets the criteria specified by the law.

Chairman of the NVB András Patyi stressed that it is not for the committee to decide whether the ethnic group meets the legal requirements. The task of the body is to decide whether the application is in line with the requirements of the law.

An appeal can be launched against the NVB's decision within 15 days. After that the decision becomes final; as a next step, the applicant must collect a thousand signatures in 120 days, which validity will be checked by the National Election Office.

The NVB has authorized the president of the board on Friday to seek the opinion of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA) on the application.

After the applicant collected the required number of signatures, the NVB submits the request to the parliament with the opinion of the MTA and the number of signatures collected; it is the parliament that ultimately decides on the fate of the application.

(MTI -


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