A top Hungarian government official said on Monday that “left-wing and liberal migration policy advocates” had “hijacked” European institutions and were using them to promote their own agenda.
This was happening “not only during the campaign period but also before it”, Zoltan Kovacs, the state secretary for international communications and relations, told Hungarian journalists in Brussels. The Hungarian government does not expect anything good to come out of Wednesday’s European parliamentary debate, “obviously a political campaign, part of a witch hunt against Hungary”, he said.
“There’s nothing, no new event, that justifies putting Hungary back on the agenda by the European Parliament,” he said, adding that Hungary’s government would not be represented in Brussels at the debate accordingly.
Kovacs said that ever since the Hungarian government had adopted a strong position on the issue of migration, procedural issues related to justice and rule of law had been launched against the country.
“How is it possible for European institutions, and the European Commission in particular, to shape the rules to meet their political role and purpose?” he said. Kovacs singled out European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans for his political role and opinions, which he added were not only problematic in terms of the European Parliament election campaign but also when it came to the workings of the commission itself. Timmermans, the left-wing’s spitzenkandidat for EC president, “is one of the most vocal advocates against Hungary for procedures that are obviously there for political reasons,” he said.
“Hungary is making its case because it thinks European Union institutions should not be allowed to be occupied by the left wing and Soros organisations,” he said, referring to billionaire George Soros.
In an international press conference, Kovacs said that Soros, who had never received a democratic mandate, had made himself an active political actor, tripling his support for NGOs. Such organisations that back leftist political forces are gaining influence in Europe’s political life, he said. Kovacs said Hungary found it regrettable that European institutions were becoming the backdrop to a political campaign. Hopefully, he added, the May EP elections would result in the European Commission no longer remaining a political institution.
Source and photo: MTI