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Jan 20, 2021 - Zoltán Kovács

Everything wrong with Věra Jourová

2020 has been quite the year for Věra Jourová, the European Commissioner for Values and Transparency.

Although it is common knowledge that Věra Jourová, the Czech European Commissioner responsible for the Values and Transparency portfolio, is regarded as a valuable asset by the network of George Soros and open society proponents, her actions and statements in 2020 truly ‘outperformed’ even our wildest expectations.

Not only has Jourová been one of the driving forces behind the European liberal mainstream’s rule of law crusade against Hungary and Poland, two countries that dared defy the EU-wide implementation of George Soros’s migration plan, she has comprised herself by demonstrating a clear, political bias – and insulting the Hungarian people in the process. She has proven herself unfit for the role of European Commissioner.

The latest was her interview with Der Standard published on Monday. Critics scoffed at our use of the word blackmail, but there’s no better word to describe what Jourová clearly says. Even if Hungary plans to appeal to the judges in Luxembourg (a Member State’s right that is, by the way, enshrined in the founding EU treaties), Jourová said that “we can block a lot of money. We have been given a powerful tool.”

One would hope that a member of the European Commission would at least try to keep up the appearance of impartiality.

Recall also that in an interview with Der Spiegel last September, Jourová called Hungary a “sick democracy,” and said that Hungarian people are “not in a position to form an independent opinion.”

That’s insulting and completely inappropriate for a European Commissioner. It’s a blatant violation of the principle of sincere cooperation, incompatible with her current mandate as vice-president of the Commission. In a letter to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen following these remarks, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán requested her resignation and confirmed that Hungary will suspend all bilateral communication with the Czech commissioner.

“These statements are not only a direct political attack against the democratically elected Government of Hungary that has become commonplace, but also a humiliation to Hungary and the Hungarian people. The former is inappropriate, the latter is unacceptable,” PM Orbán wrote, adding that Jourová’s statements were in contradiction with the Commission’s role as a neutral and objective institution.

Concerns about her objectivity and neutrality – particularly regarding the Commission’s rule of law report, which counts among Jourová’s responsibilities – became even more serious a couple of weeks later. In leaked video footage of an internal meeting of Hungary’s liberal Momentum party, MEP Anna Donáth confessed to have been conducting “phone calls with Věra Jourová every third day, informally” about the contents of the European Parliament’s anti-Hungary, rule of law report.

What an embarrassment to the Commission!

Unfortunately, Vice-President Jourová is not the only eurocrat to have compromised herself by betraying prejudice. Recall Commissioner Didier Reynders: “There are rule of law crises in some Member States. Particularly in Hungary and Poland.” Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans: “Free press in Hungary is virtually non-existent.” Commissioner Helena Dalli: “This mechanism is a means for making Member States to fall in line.” Commission Vice-President Barley: “Hungary and Poland must be starved out.” And the eternal Guy Verhofstadt: “There is no need to prove whether the functioning of Hungary and Poland is in line with the system that’s about to be established. This has already been proven. It must be activated immediately.”

But Věra Jourová bears special responsibility, particularly now that the Commission is determined to revive the wily rule of law review and defend “those values.” It seems the Soros Orchestra is tuning their instruments.