Commissioner-designate stresses his independence

Hungary’s commissioner-designate for enlargement and neighbourhood policy, Oliver Varhelyi has answered the written questions of the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, ahead of his hearing which will take place tomorrow morning.

Varhelyi – who currently serves as the head of the Hungarian permanent representation – stressed that “when building the European Union, we shall not have to choose between national and European interests but we shall find their synthesis and work for the common good”.

Among other things, he was also asked about certain remarks Viktor Orban made at the Turkic Council’s meeting in Baku. Hungary’s prime minister said that once his country gets the enlargement and neighbourhood portfolio, the commissioner will help representing the interests of the Council. In his response, Varhelyi reminded that Orban “outlined the political priorities of Hungary vis-à-vis the members of the Turkic Council at his speech”. 

“As Commissioner, my only objective is to implement the political priorities of the European Union towards all the Enlargement and Neighbourhood partners, elaborating and implementing policies in the Western Balkans as well as in the Eastern and Southern neighbourhood in true European spirit”.

Varhelyi also pointed that out that in line with Article 17(1) of the Treaty on European Union, he will act in the general interest of the European Union and according to Article 17(3), he will not seek nor take instructions from any government or other institution, body, office or entity.

According to Hungarian left-wing liberal opposition party Democratic Coalition, Varhelyi’s latter remarks mean that he has “disowned” Orban and distanced himself from the Hungarian prime minister.

Source: Hungary Journal
Photo: MTI

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