Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said the reason behind the European Parliament’s legal committee finding a conflict of interest related to Hungarian MEP Laszlo Trocsanyi’s candidacy for EU commissioner was that the former justice minister had helped protect Hungary from migration.
On Thursday, the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) established that there was a conflict of interest between Trocsanyi’s candidacy and law firm Nagy and Trocsanyi’s receiving orders from the Hungarian state.
In an interview to public broadcaster Kossuth Radio, Orban praised Trocsanyi as an internationally respected legal expert and experienced diplomat, calling him the “most qualified” candidate for European commissioner. “But he committed a crime” by helping the government protect Hungary from migration, Orban said. It was with Trocsanyi’s help that the government had drafted the legislation that prohibits anyone from entering Hungary’s territory illegally, without the proper documents, the prime minister added.
“And they’re now rubbing his nose in it,” Orban said. He called it a “sly move” on the EU’s part that the vote against Trocsanyi had happened in the legal committee and not in the one in charge of Trocsanyi’s designated portfolio of neighbourhood and enlargement.
Orban said he had spoken with European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday, agreeing with her to wait for the legal committee to issue a written opinion on the matter. He said he is looking ahead on the matter and has “a second, a third and a fourth solution” ready.
Concerning his visit to Rome last week where he attended a conservative political meeting, Orban said he “felt at home” at the event and that it reminded him of the meetings of the Hungarian conservative civic circles movement around 2004-2005.
Commenting on Italy’s internal political situation, the prime minister said the new government there had been appointed without being elected, and therefore many Italians felt that with former Interior Minister Matteo Salvini gone, they had lost the one person who could guarantee the country’s security. Orban said this development meant that Hungary, too, had temporarily lost an ally in the fight against migration.
“And just as it always happens, whenever a left-wing government is set up, the ports are immediately opened and migrants arrive immediately,” Orban said. “They’re not stopping them, but rather bringing them in.”
Commenting on Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s recent criticism of the Hungarian government, Orban said there were matters in which Hungary could be of help and matters in which it could not and did not even want to be. “We’re not going to help them . open the ports, bring in migrants and redistribute these people across Europe,” he said.
However, Hungary can be of help to Italy when it comes to border protection, “and if necessary, we could take over the patrol of any section of the Italian border”, he added.
But, he insisted, migrant redistribution quotas were “out of the question”. Hungary would, however, gladly support a “deportation quota”, even if the migrants it would concern are not on Hungary’s territory, he said.
“But it doesn’t look like this kind of help is needed,” Orban said, insisting that the left was importing migrants to Europe with the intention of granting them citizenship in the hope that they would eventually enjoy their support. The prime minister said Europe was the only continent in the world which “gives in to its suicidal tendencies” by failing to protect its own identity. Central Europe, however, opposes this mindset, he added.
Orban said that while the majority of MEPs supported migration, “this is not the case among the prime ministers”, adding that this made him hopeful that the introduction of migrant distribution quotas could be prevented once again.
He said the reason why the EP was looking to eliminate some commissioner candidates was because if those candidates became members of the European Commission, then that body would end up looking more like the European Council than the parliament.
Commenting on a new agreement reached in Malta on the redistribution of migrants rescued at sea, Orban said the countries that urged the introduction of migrant quotas at that meeting had not even fulfilled their earlier commitments regarding the acceptance of migrants. Orban ruled out the possibility that the EU could “once again outmaneuver” the bloc’s prime ministers by “pulling a slum trick at the ministerial level”.
As regards the upcoming parliamentary elections in Austria, he expressed hope that by Monday there would be one more country in Europe that opposes immigration.
Commenting on the upcoming Fidesz congress for the re-election of officials, he said “one must be aware of what a great task and great fact it is that we are still on our feet”. “The congress must be held with an understanding of the responsibility we have for the future”, he added.
Commenting on the local elections to be held in October and a leaked recording of joint opposition mayoral candidate for Budapest Gergely Karacsony talking about threats he has received, Orban said he was almost feeling sorry for Karacsony “driving himself into impossible situations”. He said he hoped people in Budapest and also in other parts of the country would vote for suitable candidates.
Regarding staff layoffs affecting an Electrolux plant in Jaszbereny, he said as soon as the news broke, he sent two ministers to the town to hold talks with everyone and if necessary, the government will help to ensure that nobody is left without a job.
Source and photo: MTI