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Navracsics: Disputes Made Us Stronger

admin 2014.10.02.

Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner-designate for Education, Culture, Youth and Citizenship had to face some tough questions at his hearing in Brussels yesterday evening. “Ultimately, we are united by the same European values, and disputes are conducted in an open, democratic and peaceful way”, he told the Committee on Culture and Education of the European Parliament. “It would be an honour for me to serve the European cause,” Navracsics added.

“European Union gives space to resolving disputes, of which Hungary has had many with the bloc, but working through them has made us stronger”, Tibor Navracsics told.  He confirmed that he was conscious of both his rights and responsibilities and would be a loyal and impartial commissioner. He said this in response to a question regarding remarks by Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán, who suggested the new commissioner would represent Hungarian interests in Brussels. Navracsics assured the committee that he was deeply committed to “human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.”

Navracsics, earlier Hungary’s foreign minister, said he disagreed with recent press reports suggesting that the education portfolio was not “the most urgent”. Dealing with youth unemployment, which “remains above 50 percent in some countries”, modernizing the education system and putting “education at the heart of the European Union’s plans for growth and jobs” were all part of his agenda, he said. Priorities for the education portfolio include growth and jobs stimulus, fighting youth unemployment, raising standards at universities, and drawing more young people into policy-making, Navracsics told the committee.

via hungarymatters.hu photo: European Parliament (Flickr)