Romania

Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania


Published 12th November, 2012

The Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania or UDMR was founded in 1990 to represent the interests of ethnic Hungarians living in Romania. They believe in Hungarian minority interests, Székely regionalism and Liberal Conservatism.

As is often the case with ethnic representative parties the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania has had a remarkably stable history of winning seats in the Chamber of Deputies. In 1990 it won 29 seats and in 1992 that dropped to 27 seats. In 1996 the figure was 25 seats and in 2000 it went up to 27 seats. In the two elections of 2004 and 2008 it won 22 seats.

The UDMR has been a constituent part of every government from 1996 to 2008 either as a coalition member as in 1996 to 2000 and 2004 to 2008 or as a supporter as in 2000 to 2004. In 2008 the UDMR went into opposition but by the end of 2009 it was once more in government. In 2012 with the fall of the Emil Boc government the UDMR went back into opposition.

The Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania is a member of the European People’s Party (EPP) and it has three of 33 national seats in the European Parliament.


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