French President Emmanuel Macron invited the prime ministers of the Visegrad Four group for lunch before today’s informal European Council meeting in Brussels.
The meeting was attended by Viktor Orban from Hungary, Andrej Babis from the Czech Republic, Peter Pellegrini from Slovakia and Mateusz Morawiecki from Poland.
Earlier today Czech daily Hospodarske Noviny reported that Slovak European Vice-president for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic has allegedly been chosen as the joint candidate of the V4 for the post of future European Commission president, referring to sources close to Babis and the European Commission. Babis himself denied the information and called it speculation. Sefcovic, on the other hand, stated that he’s pleased with the support of the V4 in his possible candidacy for a top EU position.
Pellegrini stated that Sefcovic isn’t the only candidate for the post of European Commission president who has the support of the Visegrad Four. “Everything is still open. Of course, I as a Slovak would be most glad if our commissioner Maros Sefcovic gets the post, however, he”s only one of the candidates. And I can confirm the words of Andrej Babis that [Sefcovic] still isn’t an official candidate because there’s a plethora of names and we’ll see how the situation turns out,” he told the media.
Meanwhile, Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party was mentioned in Macron’s negotiations about the building of a majority in the European Parliament too, in a not-so-friendly tone. Pascal Canfin, number two on Macron’s list of candidates told France Inter radio on Monday that the EPP will have to eject Orban from its ranks for any coalition deal to be approved by Macron’s group.
Source: Hungary Journal, TASR, Reuters