The European People’s Party must regain its strength and return to its fundamental values, Gergely Gulyas, the head of the Prime Minister’s Office, told a regular press briefing on Thursday.
Referring to the EPP having elected Donald Tusk as its new leader in Zagreb on Wednesday, Gulyas said that Tusk had “made a speech with nothing objectionable included except his criticism concerning the protection of the [EU’s] external borders and border fences”. He argued that Europe could not be defended from illegal immigration without effective border protections and such fences.
Tusk “needs to decide which direction he will choose”, Gulyas said. From the EPP’s point of view the key question is whether it will retain the values it was founded on, he added.
Hungary’s ruling Fidesz “needs a conservative, centre-right democratic alliance and if the EPP envisages such a future, Fidesz, as the grouping’s most successful member, will be at its service”, Gulyas said.
He also said that despite the opposition’s “disrespectful” attacks against Oliver Varhelyi, he could be “one of the most qualified commissioners” in the new European Commission. Gulyas noted that Varhelyi has been approved as the commissioner for enlargement and neighbourhood policy, adding that this would be “the most important” portfolio assigned to Hungary since the country joined the bloc in 2004.
Hungary expects the new EC to improve its “botched migration policy” and seek consensus rather than conflict on this issue, Gulyas said. The new commission should also pursue a new direction in economic policy, strive for good and fair relations with world powers and bolster the protection of the European way of life, the PM’s chief of staff added.
Source and photo: MTI