László Trócsányi has been nominated as the candidate for the EU enlargement commissioner position by President-elect of the Commission Ursula von der Leyen.
In a letter sent to Trócsányi, von der Leyen wrote that it was crucial for the European Union to be surrounded by “stable, safe and prospering” nations, thus the Union must have an active presence in these countries.
Trócsányi was born in Budapest in 1956, has a law degree and has served as Hungary’s ambassador in Belgium, Luxembourg and France, and was appointed Minister of Justice in 2014, a position he resigned from when he was elected a member of the European Parliament and when it became clear that he would be Hungary’s choice for the commissioner position.
In her letter von der Leyen wrote that the EU must provide a credible perspective to the countries in the West Balkans and accession talks must be initiated with Albania and Northern Macedonia. She also wrote, however, that with regard to Turkey the accession process has essentially been halted as Turkey is distancing itself more and more from the EU.
Trócsányi said in a statement he was honored to have been chosen for such a pivotal position in the EU Commission which impacts the lives of all of its citizens.
His appointment is pending hearings and a vote in the European Parliament. The vote will not be for individual commissioners but the Commission as a whole.