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Govt Spox Blasts Opposition MEPs for Attempting to Block Fidesz Committee Leadership Bids

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.07.10.

Government spokesman István Hollik on Wednesday slammed Hungary’s opposition MEPs for their attempts to block the ruling alliance’s MEPs from obtaining leadership positions on the European Parliament’s committees.

Speaking to reporters in Budapest, Hollik called the situation “unprecedented”, accusing the “pro-migration Hungarian opposition” of acting against the will of the Hungarian people and national interests.

“Hungary has a clear interest in having vice-chairs on as many EP committees as possible,” Hollik said.

The spokesman accused the MEPs of the Democratic Coalition, the Socialists (MSZP) and the Momentum Movement of “openly scheming” to prevent the appointment of the ruling parties’ MEPs to committee leadership positions.

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He said that by doing so, the opposition was “going against the will and representation of the Hungarian people”.

Hollik noted that in the May EP elections, Hungarians had voted to give the majority of the country’s European parliamentary seats to the ruling Fidesz-Christian Democrat alliance, which won 53 percent of the vote.

He said that Fidesz-KDNP’s 13 seats had earned them a total of five committee vice-chair nominations within the European People’s Party.

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