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In a press conference on Monday evening, Prime Minister Orbán officially nominated seasoned diplomat Olivér Várhelyi, Hungary’s ambassador to the EU, as the country’s next European Commissioner. Here are a few things you should know.
President-elect of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen will ask Hungary and Romania to name new commissioner designates following an official letter from David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, about the decision of the EP legal committee.
Two of the vice-presidents on the new European Commission will come from Slovakia and the Czech Republic, while the Polish commissioner will oversee Agriculture. “The whole region, with the V4 at the helm, is seeing an on-going increase in appreciation,” Prime Minister Orbán said in a radio interview this morning, before talking about enlargement, the European way of life, foreign policy goals and family policy.
PM Orbán said they had agreed at the meeting that migrants should not be released into the EU while they are awaiting a decision on asylum. Rather, a humane solution should be found that ensures the safety of citizens. Also, they agreed that migrants who come to the EU illegally should be sent home.
“Many in the Central and Eastern European countries feel that they are not being completely accepted. If we continue with the sharp debates we have today in order to correct particular shortcomings, we risk alienating entire nations and countries," said Ursula von der Leyen.
György Bakondi said one such issue is that von der Leyen is on the position that the EU should reinforce its external borders, while another common point is that she also believes that help must be delivered to where it is needed instead of importing the problems.
In a dramatic vote in the European Parliamentary yesterday evening, Ursula von der Leyen was elected President of the European Commission by a margin of just nine votes. While the political right stood behind her and the left opposed her nomination, it’s clear that those thirteen Fidesz-KDNP votes were vital to her election.
“Westerners and central Europe agreed on German defense minister Ursula von der Leyen,” PM Orbán said. The V4 had ranked her third on its list, and there would now be a chance that the commission presidency would make Europe strong while respecting national interests, he added.
Migration remains the main question for debate in European politics, said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in his regular, Friday morning radio interview. He also spoke of the Visegrád Group’s increasing influence in Europe and called out the Hungarian opposition for its behavior in the European Parliament.
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.
“Neither Manfred Weber, nor Frans Timmermans cared for the interests of eastern Europe. Fortunately, we succeeded in stopping them,” said Viktor Orbán regarding the results of yesterday’s European Commission summit.