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Jul 08, 2019

Cabinet Chief: EC needs a leader who respects countries in Central Europe

PM Orbán asked Ursula von der Leyen whether, as the candidate for the position of EC president, she was prepared to give the appropriate degree of respect to Hungary and Central European nations - von der Leyen promised she would.

Cabinet Chief Antal Rogán has said the European Commission needs a leader who respects countries in Central Europe.

During an interview on Kossuth Radio on Sunday, Rogán said that voters had given the government a mandate to stop immigration, thus supporters of immigration could not be among those nominated for the European Union’s top jobs.

He said Central European countries, including Hungary, banded together to prevent any nominees who insulted nationalities from taking leadership positions in the EU and vetoed Timmermans and Weber.

“Somebody who doesn’t enjoy the support of the new member states in Central Europe cannot become the head of the European Commission. That is a new development,” Rogán said. “The voice of Central Europe has now been heard.”

Rogán added that Prime Minister Viktor Orbán asked Ursula von der Leyen on the phone whether, as the candidate for the position of EC president, she was prepared to give the appropriate degree of respect to Hungary and Central European nations - von der Leyen promised she would. Rogán said von der Leyen was supported by 27 of the 28 members of the European Council.

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