EP committee sees conflict of interest concerning Trocsanyi’s EC candidacy

The legal committee of the European Parliament (JURI) has established that there is a conflict of interest between Hungarian MEP Laszlo Trocsanyi’s candidacy for EU commissioner and law firm Nagy and Trocsanyi’s receiving orders from the Hungarian state, JURI vice-chairman Sergey Lagodinsky told reporters in Brussels on Thursday.

According to Lagodinsky, 11 members of the body voted against and 9 supported that the foreign affairs committee of the EP should hear Trocsanyi, who is the Hungarian government’s candidate for commissioner in charge of neighbourhood policy and EU enlargement.

Trocsanyi said in a statement that a political decision lacking any factual basis had been made and he would take the necessary legal steps.

Jozsef Szajer, an MEP of Fidesz, told Hungarian journalists in Brussels that a “witch hunt is underway”, commenting on Trocsanyi’s hearing. Europe’s leftists are attacking Trocsanyi because, as justice minister, he had devised and approved rules that halted illegal migration into Hungary, he said. Szajer argued that the law firm set up by Trocsanyi had not received any new orders from the state during his five-year tenure, only the implementation of previous orders continued. He added that no single argument had been heard in the legal committee which would have revealed any real conflict of interest.

“The decision is unacceptable, and constitutes an abuse of the law. The EP legal committee has trampled on the EU’s legal regulations with its decision,”

he said.

The government information centre and ruling Fidesz said in response to the decision that pro-migration supporters had prevented Trocsanyi’s appointment. The EP’s pro-migration members “cannot tolerate” having a new member in the commission who was minister of justice when Hungary closed its borders to migrants, the centre said. Fidesz said the supporters of migration would make every effort to prevent Trocsanyi’s appointment and exert further pressure on Hungary.

Opposition DK said that not only has Trocsanyi’s candidacy failed in light of the JURI decision but also Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s policies. The decision shows that “Trocsanyi is corrupt and he is not even allowed to run in the race”, party spokesman Balazs Barkoczki said.

Source and photo: MTI

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