Herman van Rompuy, the former president of the European Council, claims he himself asked for the dissolution of the Evaluation Committee tasked to decide the fate of Fidesz in the EPP, and not Donald Tusk, the new president of the People’s Party.
The former Belgian PM, who also chaired the “Three Wise Men Committee,” shared his statement on Twitter, writing that it was he who proposed to end the Committee’s work because the members could not come to a mutual decision about Hungary. “It simply made no sense to continue this work,” Herman van Rompuy said, although their work “clearly showed that there were many critical issues to be addressed in the area of the rule of law, freedom of media, science, and culture.”
Rompuy’s statement came after former Austrian Chancellor and committee member Wolfgang Schüssel, in an interview for Presse am Sonntag had accused the EPP President Donald Tusk of stopping the work of the Committee.
Based on this, Fidesz MEP Tamás Deutsch, on Tuesday attacked Tusk for reneging on the agreement between the EPP and Fidesz.
Deutsch: Tusk Reneged on Agreement Between EPP and Fidesz
However, now Rompuy claims it was he who asked for the dissolution of the Committee.
The “Three Wise Men Committee” was created after Fidesz’s suspension from the EPP last year, tasked to monitor and assess whether the Hungarian governing party meets the democratic values laid down in the official documents of the People’s Party, namely whether they have respect for the rule of law, EPP values, as well as the implementation of the EPP emergency resolution on “Protecting EU Values and Safeguarding Democracy.”
The committee was chaired by former Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy (Belgium), and its members included former European Parliament President Hans-Gert Pöttering (Germany), and former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel (Austria).
In the featured photo: former president of the European Council Herman van Rompuy and PM Viktor Orbán. Photo by Balász Szecsődi/PM’s Press Office/MTI.