Szekler National Council
|Székely Nemzeti Tanács / Consiliul Naţional Secuiesc|
The Szekler National Council (Romanian: Consiliul Naţional Secuiesc, CNS; Hungarian: Székely Nemzeti Tanács, SZNT) is a civic organization representing the Székelys of Romania. The organisation serves as a platform to promote Szekler autonomy.
The Council was founded on October 16, 2003. Its first president was József Csapó, who served until autumn 2006, when he resigned. Until the Council held a new presidential election in February 2008, in which Balázs Izsák emerged victorious, the president ad interim had been Imre Fodor, the former mayor of Târgu Mureş.
The Council wants to obtain self-government for the Székely Land. It looks to the historical fact that the Székely Seats were the traditional self-governing territorial units of the Transylvanian Székelys during medieval times. (Saxons were also organised in Seats.) The Seats were not part of the traditional Hungarian county system, and their inhabitants enjoyed a higher level of freedom (especially until the 18th century) than those living in the counties. Their autonomy was granted in return for the military services they provided to the Hungarian Kings.
The Council also claims the rights of Székelys to self-determination, as guaranteed by the Treaty of Trianon. Officially, the treaty was intended to be a confirmation of the concept of the right for self-determination of nations.
Presidents of Székely Seats and the members of the Standing Committee (SC):
Presidents of Seats
- Marosszék: Imre Fodor
- Udvarhelyszék: Béla Incze
- Csíkszék: Csaba Ferencz
- Gyergyószék: Károly Czirják
- Bardoc-Miklósvárszék: Miklós Szabó
- Sepsiszék: Barna Benedek
- Orbaiszék: Botond Ferencz
- Kézdiszék: László Bakk
Members of SC
- President: Balázs Izsák
- Vice presidents: Emőke Benkő, Géza Borsos, Csaba Ferencz, Imre Fodor, József Gazda, Ádám Kónya, Jenő Szász, Attila Tulit, Csaba Farkas, Imre Fazakas
- Rapporteurs: Pál Nagy, Árpád Andrássy, Lajos Dancs, Aladár Bod, Dávid Veress, Imre András
The Szekler National Council has 156 members and is a member of the Hungarian National Council of Transylvania.  To guarantee the representation of every Székely settlement, every settlement which has under 1500 Székely inhabitants can nominate one deputy. The Székely settlements which have over 1500 Székely inhabitants can nominate one deputy for every 3000 Székely inhabitants.
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