Organizer Co-organizer

Dear delegates, dear guests,

It is an honour and a privilege to host the FUEN’s biggest event of 2017 in Cluj-Napoca • Kolozsvár • Klausenburg,
the heart of Transylvania, a historic region of Romania that many different communities have shared for centuries. Romanians, Hungarians, Germans, the Roma, Jews, Armenians and many others call it HOME, regardless of the tumultuous past they lived together.

The FUEN Presidium, the General Secretariat, the RMDSZ
and a wonderful local congress team welcome you all!
more please!

We hope to
see you in

Cluj-Napoca • Kolozsvár • Klausenburg is the capital city of the Hungarians in Romania, which also hosts the headquarters of the RMDSZ, the main organizer of the FUEN Congress 2017. Kolozsvár was the first city I moved to when I left my hometown. To me this city means culture, study, love, a first job, a vibrant nightlife and friendships that last a lifetime. They all melt into a unique cocktail of memories. I am proud to bring the FUEN Congress to Kolozsvár and show our town to the FUEN family.

We welcome you with a varied thematic agenda, exciting cultural events and some sightseeing. The main topics of the Congress will be revealed step by step, the panels will be field with speakers. We wish to bring some hot topics into the debate on European minorities starting with the Minority SafePack initiative.

We will speak about the future of the Minority SafePack Initiative, the challenge of modernity and innovation for the minority communities, about the perspective of autonomy, and the contribution of minorities to the European cultural and linguistic heritage.

The 2017 Congress in Cluj-Napoca • Kolozsvár • Klausenburg will not only involve the member organisations but also relevant institutions, political groups, think-tanks, research centres, universities and other partners, because the FUEN’s work relies very much on our vast network, rich in resources.

The St. Michael’s Church

is the second largest church (after the Black Church of Brașov) in Transylvania. Built in Gothic and Baroque style, the construction was completed between 1442-1447, the old tower between 1511-1545.

The Piarist Church

dedicated to the Holy Trinity, was the first Roman Catholic church built in Transylvania after the Protestant Reformation, as well as the province’s first Baroque church building. It served as a prototype for numerous other churches in Transylvania.

Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral

built between 1923 and 1933 in the Romanian Brâncovenesc style, a synthesis of Renaissance and Byzantine architecture, the Dormition of the Theotokos Cathedral is the most famous orthodox cathedral in Cluj Napoca. The main dome is inspired by the dome of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

Roman Catholic Church and Franciscan Monastery

is one of the oldest and most significant buildings in the city, built in XI-XII centuries, but destroyed during the first invasion of the Tatars (1241). Its place was built in 1260-1290 during a late Romanesque church, rebuilt in the fifteenth century Gothic style. Inside the monastery is a famous library of the Franciscans, a collection in excess of one thousand volumes.

The Reformed Church on the Wolves’ Lane

is one of the most valuable Gothic buildings in Transylvania and the largest Gothic of its type (with a single nave) in Transylvania and South-Eastern Europe. It was built between 1486 – 1510, with the support of King Matthias Corvinus. In the interior of the church can be found the richest collection of coats of arms and seals in Romania, belonging to Transylvanian nobles.

The Unitarian Church

was built in 1791-1796, in Baroque style, with rococo and neoclassical elements. Above the entry portal is the Latin inscription „IN HONOREM SOLIUS DEI - MDCCXCVI" (in honor of the one God - 1796). Inside the church there is a huge round rock, on which, the legend tells that, in 1556, Francisc David stood when held a sermon after which the citizens have turned to unitarianism.

The Evangelical-Lutheran Sinodo-Presbyterian Church

was built in the period 1816-1829 in the combination of the baroque and neoclassic style. Its walls were built of stones from the so-called Bastion round. The front of its 43m high tower is marked with the inscription "Pietati."

Hungarian State
Theatre of Cluj

The building of the Hungarian State Theatre of Cluj was built during 1909-1910 and it is home to the Cluj-Napoca Hungarian Opera. The Hungarian Theatre of Cluj was founded in 1792 and was the first Hungarian theatre company in Transylvania. Productions of the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj have received significant national and international recognition. Performances are played in Hungarian, with simultaneous translation into Romanian or English usually available.

The National Theater and Opera of Cluj-Napoca

is one of the most valuable architectural monuments of the city and also one of the most representative examples of architecture from the first decade of the twentieth century in Cluj-Napoca. Formed after the Union of Transylvania with Romania in 1918 as the National Theatre, the company is distinguished by being the first Romanian-language theater company in Cluj.

The Transfiguration Cathedral

known also as the Minorites’ Church was built in 1778-79. In 1924 Pope Pius IX gave the church to the Greek-Catholic Church to serve as the cathedral of the Cluj-Gherla Eparchy.

The Tranzit House

was the synagogue for the Orthodox Jewish community of Cluj. It was built in 1875, in the communist times it was used as a storage space, nowadays the building is a space of contemporary art.

The registration period has ended!
If you have additional questions please mail them to

Choose your status

Every package includes

*depending on your stay


May 17
May 18
May 19
May 20
May 21
from 14.00
Registration at the Grand Hotel Napoca in Cluj-Napoca • Kolozsvár • Klausenburg
19.00 – 23.00
Welcome cocktail and the traditional minority market
Szekler cultural performances, music and food
Welcome address:
Sándor TAMÁS, President of the Covasna County Council
Csaba BORBOLY, President of the Hargita County Council
Ferenc PÉTER, President of the Mures County Council
Sándor PÁSZTOR, President of the Bihor County Council
Csaba PATAKI, President of the Satu Mare County Council
Host: Anna HORVÁTH, RMDSZ deputy executive president for local administration, President of the local RMDSZ organisation in Kolozsvár • Cluj-Napoca • Klausenburg
Ground Floor, Lobby
from 7.00
Registration7.00 – 9.00 Breakfast
more infoless info
9.00 – 9.30
Opening of the 62nd FUEN Congress
Loránt VINCZE, FUEN President
9.30 – 11.15
Welcome addresses of FUEN member organizations from Romania, local and government officials from Romania and Hungary11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break
more infoless info
11.15 – 13.00
Hit the road - The Minority SafePack Initiative on the right trackA sum-up discussion of the EU minority protection partnership proposal with the participation of the Citizens’ Committee
more infoless info
13.00 – 14.00
Reception offered by the Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania – RMDSZ in the honour of the FUEN CongressKeynote address
Rozália BIRÓ, President of the Foreign Affairs Committee in the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, President of the RMDSZ National Council
more infoless info
14.00 – 14.30
The Hungarian Community in RomaniaIstván HORVÁTH, President of the Romanian Institute for Research on National Minorities
more infoless info
14.30 – 15.45
The Contribution of the Autochthonous Minorities to the European Cultural HeritageKeynote speech
Tibor NAVRACSICS, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth & Sport
Lucian NASTASĂ KOVÁCS, Director of the Art Museum in Cluj-Napoca • Kolozsvár • Klausenburg
Moderator: Csilla HEGEDÜS, RMDSZ deputy executive president for culture, former Minister of Culture in the Romanian Government
more infoless info
15.45 – 16.00
The role of the kin-state in the protection of national identity Hartmut KOSCHYK, member of the Bundestag, minority commissioner of the German Federal Government
more infoless info
16.00 – 19.00
Guided walking tour in Cluj-Napoca • Kolozsvár • Klausenburg
19.00 – 20.30
Reception offered by the Mayor of Kolozsvár • Cluj-Napoca • Klausenburg,Emil BOC in the honour of the 62nd FUEN Congress
at the Casino Cultural Centre in the Central Parc
more infoless info
21.00 – 23.00
Be our guest
German and Aromanian cultural evening
7.00 – 9.00
9.00 – 10.30
Practices and challenges of National-Cultural Autonomy in Contemporary Central and Eastern EuropeIn cooperation with the Glasgow University
David SMITH, Glasgow University, UK
Daniel ALFREIDER, FUEN Vice President, MP in the Italian Parliament
Zsuzsa CSERGŐ, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada
Árpád ANTAL, RMDSZ, Mayor of Sf. Gheorghe, Romania
Bob DEEN, OSCE, Senior Advisor to the High Commissioner for National Minorities
Concluding remarks:
Oliver PAASCH, PM of the German Community in Belgium TBC
more infoless info
10.30 – 11.00
Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30
From Wroclaw to Cluj-Napoca • Kolozsvár • Klausenburg
The situation of the autochthonous minorities in EuropeKeynote speech
Prof. Petra ROTER
, President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Enikő Katalin LACZIKÓ, deputy secretary of state, Government of Romania, Inter-ethnic Relations Department
Contribution of member organizations.
Closing remarks:
Csaba SÓGOR, Member of the European Parliament RMDSZ-EPP
Moderator: Bernhard ZIESCH, Sorbian in Germany, FUEN Vice President
more infoless info
12.30 – 13.30
Working group meetings (in parallel)Meeting of the German working group AGDM
Meeting of the Slavic working group
Meeting of the Turkish working group TAG
Meeting of the minority groups without kin-state on the invitation of Fara Armănească
more infoless info
13.30 – 14.30
LunchKeynote address
Iuliu WINKLER, Member of the European Parliament RMDSZ-EPP
more infoless info
14.30 – 15.00
Hungarians Minority Communities in Central-Eastern EuropeZoltán KÁNTOR, Research Institute for Minority Studies, Budapest
more infoless info
15.00 – 16.30
Modernity and Innovation in the Minority CommunitiesPanellists
Josep Maria TERRICABRAS, MEP Catalan philosopher, professor and politician, Co-Chair of the EP Minority Intergroup
Bálint PORCSALMI, RMDSZ Executive President
David STATNIK, Domowina President
Alice POP, National Democratic Institute, Romania Resident Director
Concluding remarks:
Pál CSÁKY, MEP Hungarian community in Slovakia, former Deputy Prime Minister of Slovakia
more infoless info
16.30 – 17.00
Coffee break
18.00 – 22.00
Gala Dinner at Bonchida Castle
The official launch of the Minority SafePack Initiative petition campaign
7.00 – 9.00
9.00 – 10.30
FUEN General Assembly – 1st Part
10.30 – 11.00
Coffee break
11.00 – 12.30
FUEN General Assembly – 2nd Part
12.30 – 14.00
Keynote address:
László BORBÉLY, former Vice President of the RMDSZ
14.00 – 16.00
FUEN General Assembly – 3rd Part
16.00 – 16.30
16.30 – 20.00
Sightseeing tour
20.00 – 22.00
Dinner in Tamás Bisztro Tordaszentlászló / Săvădisla Hungarian folk cultural program
7.00 – 9.00


About the packages

You can choose a version from these packages at the Register menu.

FULL Package
Four night in 17-21 May
Single Room€ 320
Double Room€ 280
3 Night Package
Three night between 17-21 May
Single Room€ 280
Double Room€ 240
2 Night Package
Two night between 17-21 May
Single Room€ 240
Double Room€ 220
1 Night Package
One night between 17-21 May
Single Room€ 210
Double Room€ 190

Getting from the airport to the city

After arriving to the Cluj Napoca International Airport, the easiest way to get to the centre is taking a cab. You will find a line of taxis waiting in front of the terminal. Even if all of them should be official, it’s recommended to check the badge and number when entering. The average cost to the centre is about 15-25 RON. Make sure that the driver turns on the meter at the departing.

You might choose a budget solution: the cheapest way is to local bus No. 8 or No. 5. After leaving the aiport area, you will find a bus stop to 50 m right from the exit. The ticket costs 4 RON (less than 1 Euro), and you can buy it at the small kiosk labeled “Bilete”at the bus stop.

The hotel

The Grand Hotel Napoca is located close to the centre, with great view on a park and the Somes river. To get there and if you prefer walking, you just have to follow the tram line to the left from the Mihai Viteazul Sq. If you choose public transportation, take one of the bus No. 26, 27, 28B aor 41 from Dacia stop, near to the Mihai Viteazul Sq.

The Dress Code

Spare yourself the trouble of clothing, please follow the suggested dress code:


Business casual

Wednesday evening
Saturday general meeting


Business formal

Opening ceremony
Cocktail for the evening receptions



Afternoon events


Perfect choice for a city break

many exhibitions, theatres, operas, concerts, parties and pubs offer unforgettable memories, the panoramic view over the city from Belvedere citadel is a must on your checklist.

Did you know...

that one of the stars of the Oscar-winner Son of Saul, Levente Molnár is an actor at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj-Napoca?

The capital of Transylvania

The largest city of Transylvania, in Romanian language Cluj-Napoca, in Hungarian language Kolozsvár, in German language Klausenburg, is also referred to as the capital of the region. In fact, throughout history, as either an independent principality, a part of Hungary or later the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it has been the trade capital of Transylvania. In 1918 when Transylvania became part of Romania Cluj-Napoca lost its regional status and became capital city of Cluj County. With a population of 310,000 (of which 50,000 are Hungarians). It is the second largest city in Romania, and the one of the top 10096th largest cities of the European Union. Hungarians of Romania still regard it as their capital.

You can feel the historical atmosphere

walking among the old buildings in the city centre or when visiting the medieval Saint Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, the Gothic-style Reformed Church of Farkas Street, or the medieval streets around the birthplace of 15th century Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus.

Today’s Cluj-Napoca (awarded the title European Youth Capital in 2015) is an attractive destination not only to young students or start-uppers, but also to entrepreneurs, artists, actors, engineers, researchers and IT-programmers. With its international Airport Cluj-Napoca is Transylvania’s largest gate to the world. The number of tourists visiting here is ascending, breaking the records year by year. In 2016, over 20% of the tourists were coming from foreign countries.

Even if Cluj-Napoca did not win the bid for 2021 European Capital of Culture, its cultural – and multicultural life is at a peak. Did you know that one of the stars of the Oscar-winner Son of Saul, Levente Molnár is an actor at the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj-Napoca?


We are
proud of

our rich nature, of our mountains, forests, caves and lakes, our fresh air and abundant mineral water springs.

Should you seek to

experience an authentic rural place, with a lively tradition, you ought to visit the gorgeous Hungarian villages of Szeklerland, or the famous Romanian villages in Maramureș.

We are sure you’ve already

heard something about Transylvania. If nothing else, you must have heard about Dracula. Albeit vampire stories are a tourist favourite, we are more proud of other things, such as the values, traditions and heritage, which our community keeps alive and passes on to future generations.

We are proud to say

Transylvania is culturally and linguistically colourful, a trait which stems from a long history of different nations- Hungarians, Saxons, Romanians, Armenians, Serbians, Gypsies, Jews, Turks, and so on - living together peacefully.

Between 1003 and 1918

Transylvania was a region of the Kingdom of Hungary, which, later, together with Austria formed the Austro-Hungarian Empire. A large part of our current infrastructure (cities, schools, churches, roads, railroads and factories) had been built during this time. This is why you may often stumble upon Hungarian inscriptions on historical buildings.

Strolling down a street in Transylvania

you may also meet Hungarian-speaking people: approximately 97% of the Hungarian minority of Romania, a community of around 1,200,000 people, lives in Transylvania, and more than half of them call Szeklerland their home. The major cities, where you can discover European cultural, economical and student life, are

Cluj-Napoca • Kolozsvár • Klausenburg (the capital of Transylvania)
Tîrgu-Mureș • Marosvásárhely • Neumarkt am Mieresch
Timișoara • Temesvár • Temeswar
Sibiu • Nagyszeben • Hermanstadt
Brașov • Brassó • Kronstadt

Our hospitality is a brand on its own,

built upon a Central European influenced gastronomy, excellent local wines and beers, and famous desserts a coffee shop in Vienna might get jealous of, such as the kürtőskalács.

We would bet you would give up your diet for a few days once you arrive here.

Congress Partners

Congress Sponsors

FUEN Sponsors 461 12855
Please choose your status on the first page!
Romanian press form is different from the others. Your participants fields have been reset.
Terms and Conditions of Event Registration
  • (FUEN Congress 2017, Cluj-Napoca, 17-21 May)

  • These terms and conditions, as may be amended from time to time, apply to all our services made available online, through any mobile device, by email or by telephone. By accessing, browsing and using our (mobile) website or any of our applications through whatever platform (hereafter collectively referred to as the "website") and/or by completing a reservation, you acknowledge and agree to have read, understood and agreed to the terms and conditions set out below (including the privacy statement).
  • These pages, the content and infrastructure of these pages, and the online reservation service provided on these pages and through the website are owned, operated and provided by SMILEY TRAVEL LTD and are provided for your personal, non-commercial use only, subject to the terms and conditions set out below.
  • The online reservation service is rendered by SMILEY TRAVEL LTD, which is a private limited liability company, incorporated under the laws of Romania and having its offices at Piata Unirii 14 / 10, Cluj-Napoca, Romania and registered with the Romanian trade register under registration number J12/790/2008. Our fiscal identification number is RO23365456.
  • Scope of our Service

  • Through the Platform, we provide an online platform through which visitors of the Platform can make reservations for the 2017 FUEN Congress in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. By making a reservation, you enter into a direct (legally binding) contractual relationship with the SMILEY TRAVEL LTD with which you make a reservation or purchase a product or service (as applicable). From the point at which you make your reservation, we act as an intermediary between you and the Supplier, transmitting the details of your reservation to the relevant Supplier(s) and sending you a confirmation email for and on behalf of the Supplier.
  • Although we will use reasonable skill and care in performing our Service, each Supplier remains responsible at all times for the accuracy, completeness and correctness of the (descriptive) information (including the rates and availability) displayed on our Platform.
  • In order to duly complete and secure your reservation, you need to use your correct email address. We are not responsible or liable for (and have no obligation to verify) any wrong or misspelled email address or inaccurate or wrong (mobile) phone number or credit card number.
  • Payment of fees

  • 1. The Congress registration fees must be paid in advance.
  • 2. After your order was sent, you will receive an invoice and a booking confirmation (by mail), or an invoice for the bank transfer (by mail).
  • 3. Booking forms become a tax invoice once the registration fee has been paid in full.
  • Payment is safely processed from your credit/debit card or bank account to the bank account of Smiley Travel Ltd. through a third party payment processor. Transfer fees are paid by the client.
  • Late payment, wrong bank, debit or credit card details, invalid credit/debit cards or insufficient funds are for your own risk and account.
  • Cancellation policy

  • 1. SMILEY TRAVEL LTD. accepts cancellations until 9th May 2017 with a 30% cancellation fee, not including the money transfer fee, will be deducted from the refund (and will be considered owing if invoice is yet unpaid).
  • 2. For cancellations made after 9th May 2017, there will be no refund and any outstanding monies will be considered owing.
  • 3. A substitute may be sent in the place of the registered delegate for no additional fee.
  • 4. SMILEY TRAVEL LTD. is not liable for any other costs that you may have incurred in relation to the canceled Congress.
  • Delegate details

  • 1. Delegates and partners may be given a list of all delegates (name and basic contact details only).
  • 2. Receipt of your registration form will signal your acceptance of inclusion on the delegate list.
  • 3. Should you wish to opt-out, please contact the FUEN and SMILEY TRAVEL LTD. to indicate your desire to be removed from a delegate list.
  • 4. Delegates may be photographed at the event for use in the FUEN’s promotional materials.
  • Miscellaneous

  • FUEN and SMILEY TRAVEL LTD. reserves the right to vary the program and the provided services whenever necessary.
  • To the extent permitted by law, these terms and conditions and the provision of our services shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the Romanian law and any dispute arising out of these general terms and conditions and our services shall exclusively be submitted to the competent courts in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
  • Subject to the limitations set out in these terms and conditions and to the extent permitted by law, we shall only be liable for direct damages actually suffered, paid or incurred by you due to an attributable shortcoming of our obligations in respect to our services, up to an aggregate amount of the aggregate cost of your reservation as set out in the confirmation email (whether for one event or series of connected events).
  • Error