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Jul 02, 2019

State Secretary: V4 solidarity has rejected Timmermans as EC President

“We need someone who brings the member states of Europe together into a union, not one who divides them,” Zoltán Kovács said.

The State Secretary for International Relations and Communications has pointed out that no decision can be made in relation to the post of EC President with the circumvention of the Visegrád Group.

During an interview on Hungarian M1 television’s Monday evening current affairs program, Zoltán Kovács said the marathon EU summit was suspended on Monday and we are witnessing the fact that the top candidate (Spitzencandidat) system has failed. “The solidarity of the V4 is offering a new alternative,” the State Secretary said.

“In every leading position, we need a candidate who accepts the idea of a Europe of nations, respects the sovereignty of member states, is clearly against the managing of migration, and who regards the protection of the traditions of Christian Europe as important,” he explained. Neither the People’s Party candidate, Manfred Weber, nor the socialist Frans Timmermans conform to this, he added.

“In addition to the V4, Italy, and according to evening news reports a further 10-11 countries are now against the candidacy of Frans Timmermans,” he stated.

“We need someone who brings the member states of Europe together into a union, not one who divides them,” Kovács highlighted. With relation to this, he said Frans Timmermans had “lied his way through the whole election campaign”, while Manfred Weber had insulted several member states, including Hungary. “Unity cannot be established with people such as this,” he pointed out.

The State Secretary concluded that it is possible to find a candidate who personifies solidarity. However, he did not wish to talk about candidates and concrete names at this stage.

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