Orban meets Von der Leyen next week

Prime Minister Viktor Orban will meet Ursula von der Leyen, incoming president of the European Commission, for talks on August 1, his press chief said on Friday.

The talks will focus on nominations for Hungary’s commissioner in the new EC, as well as challenges faced by the community such as migration and the EU’s next budget framework, Bertalan Havasi told MTI.

Orban has been supporting Von der Leyen’s candidacy since the beginning. In a public radio interview on July 12 he stressed that selecting “a German mother of seven” in itself showed “the winds of change” in Brussels. He added that it would be premature to celebrate at this stage, however, because the past five years had witnessed “many mistakes in Brussels” concerning terrorism, public security, migration and the economy, which “need to be remedied”. 

Gergely Gulyas, the minister heading the prime minister’s office told a press conference earlier that the new leaders of the European Union’s institutions should be “granted trust in advance”. Gulyas said he saw a good chance that Ursula von der Leyen, as commission head, would “mediate fairly between member states” and perform well in the role of guardian of the treaties.

Source and photo: MTI


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